International Students

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 following requirements in addition to the general first-time freshmen requirements and transfer requirements (if applicable).

Any applicant who is not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States is considered an international applicant.

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 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

- Submit deposit by May 1 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester.


International applicants are required to submit academic records that have been converted to the U.S. educational equivalents.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design requires official evaluations of secondary and post-secondary transcripts or records from other countries. These evaluations can take up to six weeks to complete, so please begin this process early. Some recommended centers are:

Center for Educational Documentation (CED)
Course-by-course evaluations for both secondary school (high school) and college transcripts.

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
Course-by-course evaluations for both secondary school (high school) and college transcripts.

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
Course-by-course evaluations for college transcripts only.

International applicants who have academic documents from institutions outside of the U.S. are required to submit official (original, attested, or certified true) copies of academic records for secondary school education and any college-level study. Please note that this should begin with the first year of secondary school or high school.

Credentials in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified literal English translation. Translations must be complete, literal, word-for-word translations and mirror the original document.

All secondary (high school) and post-secondary (college) transcripts should be converted into the U.S. educational equivalencies. Records that are not converted into the U.S. equivalencies must have a course-by-course evaluation by an external evaluation agency and should include:

- Name of the educational institution
- Country where it is located
- Length of study and its U.S. equivalent
- Courses studied by year
- A conversion of grades and/or examinations to the U.S. grade
   equivalents of A, B, C , D and F on a 4-point scale.
- Total credits earned and conversion of course hours to U.S.
   semester hours
- U.S. degree equivalent

Applicants with previous university-level studies should submit official course descriptions or syllabi for all course work completed.

Test of English as a Foreign Language

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 students whose primary language is English will be required to submit the SAT or ACT.

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.

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 (estimated $48,750). 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 Undergraduate program, approximately $48,750 U.S. dollars. The DOF form must be signed by the applicant and/or sponsor, and submitted with the application. Please see below for submission details.

Download DOF (PDF) 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


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



• application form
• $50 application fee
• statement of purpose
• portfolio of your artwork and portfolio description list
• official evaluations of high school transcript(s) or official record of GED scores
• two letters of recommendation
• list of activities/resume
• Declaration of Finances
• Verification of Finances


• all first-time freshmen materials
• official evaluation of college-level transcript(s)
• college course descriptions
• list of current courses


Questions? Call 617 879 7222 or email


Twitter Icon

Like us on Facebook

Facebook logo