International StudentsThe 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):
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)
Once international students are formally admitted to MassArt, they are required to submit information in order to apply for F-1 student visa status. Learn more.
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