Undergraduate / International Students

Application Requirements

International students are an important part of MassArt's diverse population, enhancing the college's cultural and artistic community.

  • Before applying, applicants should review MassArt's admissions standards.
  • The priority deadline for Fall 2015 is February 1, 2015. Students applying for Early Action should submit all items by December 1, 2014. Please note that we will continue to review applications on a space available basis after the priority deadline.

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  • 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 complete the application process on or before the February 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. If accepted, please submit a tuition deposit by May 1 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester.
  • The priority deadline for Fall 2015 is February 1, 2015. Transfer students who have completed less than fifteen studio art credits may apply for Early Action by December 1, 2014.
  • Transfer applicants who meet specific prerequisites are accepted for the spring semester, in select majors. The priority deadline for Spring 2015 is October 15, 2014.

Before applying, applicants should review MassArt's admissions standards.

International applicant requirement checklist

  • Application form and $50 application fee
  • Statement of purpose
  • Portfolio
  • Official transcripts
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé / list of activities
  • Declaration and Verification of Finances (for student visa)

Application form and fee

The application form and $50 fee may be submitted online or by mail. For faster processing, we strongly encourage you to apply online.

Apply online
Step 1: Submit the application form electronically and pay the fee by credit card.
Step 2: Upload supplementary materials electronically or mail/deliver them to MassArt's Admissions Office.

Apply by mail

Step 1: Download the application (PDF).
Step 2: Print and complete the application form. Mail it in with the supplementary materials and the $50 application fee. Fees may be submitted by check or money order made payable to Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The college cannot accept cash payments. Credit card payments can only be accepted with an online application.

Application fee waiver
An application fee waiver request will be considered in cases of extreme financial hardship substantiated by a College Board fee waiver form issued from your guidance counselor or a letter from your social worker, financial aid officer, or clergy person. This waiver must be submitted by mail, and your application will not be considered complete until this request is received by the Admissions Office.

Statement of purpose

The statement of purpose gives you an opportunity to express yourself in words and gives the Admissions Committee more insight into who you are as an individual. Transfer applicants should explain why they have chosen the particular concentration to which they are applying. This can be the main topic of the statement or supplement other themes. The statement should be no shorter than 500 words, or at least two typed pages.


All applicants must submit at least 15-20 pieces of recent artwork. At least 5 pieces should be direct observational drawings of live situations or three-dimensional objects. Transfer students should submit 3-5 images of work from each studio art course completed, reflecting the knowledge gained in those courses.

Portfolios must be submitted digitally. The preferred method of portfolio submission, for digital and time-based formats, is via SlideRoom. However, we will accept submission on a Mac-compatible CD-R or DVD.

To begin building your portfolio in SlideRoom:

  • Visit MassArt.slideroom.com
  • Click "Sign up" > "Start a new submission" > "Undergraduate"
  • Follow the directions from this point forward

Transfer applicants will incur an $18 charge for using this service.

Official transcripts

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:

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.

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

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:

TOEFL (minimum scores)

213 Computer-based test score
550 Paper-based test score
Internet-based composite test score (iBT):
21 Reading
19 Listening
23 Speaking
22 Writing
85 Overall Total

Please visit ETS for more 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.

Two letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation can be very helpful in consideration of your application. It's best to choose someone who can discuss your potential as a student, your motivation, skills, background, and character. This person should have first-hand knowledge of your art or academic achievements. We recommend asking someone, such as an art teacher, liberal arts teacher, guidance counselor, employer, or mentor.

There is no required form for letters of recommendation. At the top of the letter, please make sure your reference prominently lists:

  • your full name
  • the semester for which you are applying

We recommend using our online application, as it allows references to upload the recommendation letter directly to your application. We will also accept letters of recommendation via postal mail, or e-mail sent directly from the reference's account to admissions@massart.edu. All recommendation letters must sent by the reference, or be on signed high school, college, or business letterhead and sent in a sealed envelope. We will not accept recommendation letters sent by a student or family member that have not been signed and sealed by the reference. 

Resume / list of activities

Include a list of your activities including employment, community service, school clubs, organizations, and extracurricular interests. Specify positions held (if any), length of service, and awards or prizes.

Declaration and Verification of Finances (for 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 the required I-20 documentation (including 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 12 credits per semester to maintain their visa status.

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 $50,650). 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 $50,650 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.

DOF/VOF Submission Information

If you're submitting an online application, please submit your DOF and VOF by email or mail:

  • You can email a PDF of the official, scanned Declaration of Finances form and the Verification of Finances letter to admissions@massart.edu. Please make sure that scans are readable and that signatures and official stamps are visible (color scans are preferred).
  • The official DOF and VOF can also be mailed to the Admissions Office

Mailing address

If you are mailing materials, please address your package to:

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