International Students

The university welcomes applications from international students seeking a world-class graduate education.

MassArt's graduate students come from 12 countries. A full 25% of our students are international, including four Fulbright Scholars. Watch a video interview and learn why they chose MassArt.

International students are an important part of MassArt's diverse population, enhancing the college's cultural and artistic community. International students are eligible only for full-time degree-program admission. International applicants must meet the graduate application requirements as well as the additional requirements specific to international applicants, outlined below.

International students are defined as any applicants who are not currently a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States. International Students are eligible for scholarships and graduate/teaching assistantships. Third-party loans may also be available. International students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid, including Stafford or PLUS loans.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

MassArt does not offer an intensive English language program. Students are expected to be proficient in English before applying for admission. In addition to all other admission requirements, international students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. To demonstrate English proficiency an official copy of one of the following English proficiency exam scores is required:

Minimum TOEFL scores
computer-based test score: 213
paper-based test score: 550
internet-based composite test score (iBT):
                                           21 Reading
                                           19 Listening
                                           23 Speaking
                                           22 Writing
                                           85 Overall Total

Please see their website for information on taking the TOEFL
MassArt's code for the TOEFL is 3516.

*Please Note that TOEFL scores are only valid for 2 years from the date of examination*

For applicants taking the IELTS test, a score of 6.0 is required


International applicants must submit official copies of all post-secondary (college/university) transcripts in the original sealed envelope, which should be sent directly to**: 

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Office of Admissions
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

**Note that MassArt does not consider applicants for graduate degree or post-baccalaureate programs who do not have the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree. Credentials in languages other than English, or outside of the US based 4.0 grading scale must be accompanied by certified English translations and an explanation of the grading system and hours of study, these must be course-by-course evaluations. MassArt requires official evaluations of post-secondary transcripts or records from other countries. Applicants may arrange for evaluations by contacting one of the following agencies:

Center for Educational Documentation
Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
World Education Services (WES)

Student Visa

MassArt can issue a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) student status (Form I-20) only after it has offered an applicant admission into a degree program, and the applicant has furnished proof of financial support sufficient for one full year of the degree program in which he or she will enroll. International students must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits per semester to maintain their visa status.

*The following documents (VOF/DOF) are not required for admission consideration. Admitted students that wish to matriculate into the program need to provide this documentation for us to process their I20 form.

Verification of Finances (VOF)

All funds must be backed up by a Verification of Finances (VOF). A VOF can be an official letter from the student's or sponsor's bank or a bank statement. These documents must reflect the cost of tuition, fees, and living for a year. As each program has specific requirements, please check for your specific program information on the link below:

VOF requirements for individual programs

Please note that all monies must be readily accessible in liquid accounts such as checking or savings accounts. All documents must be in English and in U.S. dollars or the current exchanges rate must be supplied by the bank.

Declaration of Finances (DOF)

International applicants must submit a Declaration of Finance (DOF) form indicating that they have enough financial resources to pay for tuition, fees, and living for a year of the Graduate program. As each program has specific requirements, please check for your specific program information on the link below for the appropriate DOF form:

Graduate Programs:
DOF for Master of Architecture
DOF for MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching/Art Education
DOF for MFA: Design (The Dynamic Media Institute (DMI))
DOF for MFA: Media Arts (Film/Video)
DOF for MFA: 3D (General, Fibers, and Metals)
DOF for MFA: 2D Fine Arts
DOF for MFA: Media Arts (Photography)
DOF for MFA: Fine Arts (Low-Residency Boston)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs:
DOF for Design (The Dynamic Media Institute (DMI))
DOF for Media Arts: Photography
DOF for Teacher Preparation Program (TPP)

The DOF form must be signed by the applicant and/or sponsor, and submitted with the application. Please see below for submission details for complete instructions on how to get an I-20 Form.

DOF/VOF Submission Information

If you're submitting an online application, please submit your DOF and VOF as follows:Email: Submit PDF of the official, scanned Declaration of Finances form and the Verification of Finances letter. Please make sure that scans are readable and that signatures and official stamps are visible (color scans are preferred).

Email to


The Office of Admissions
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 USA

International students requiring a student visa should allow ample time to fulfill legal requirements associated with obtaining a visa. For this reason, we ask that you do the following:

- Complete the application process on or before the February 1

- Submit deposit by May 1

phone: (617) 879-7203

View the 2015 MFA Thesis Catalog

2015 MFA Thesis Catalog