Undergraduate / International Students

Application Requirements

*Please note the deadline for Fall 2016 has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications. The application instructions for the Fall 2017 cycle will be updated in July, and the application will be available in September; please check back.

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 2016 is February 1, 2016. Students applying for Early Action should submit all items by December 1, 2015. Please note that we will continue to review applications on a space available basis after the priority deadline.
  • Once international students are formally admitted to MassArt, they are required to submit information in order to apply for a F-1 student visa status. Learn more.

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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 2016 is February 1, 2016. Transfer students who have completed less than fifteen studio art credits may apply for Early Action by December 1, 2015.
  • Transfer applicants who meet specific prerequisites are accepted for the spring semester, in select majors. The priority deadline for Spring 2016 is October 15, 2015.

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
  • Proof of graduation
  • Declaration and Verification of Finances (for student visa)

Application form and fee

*Please note we are still accepting applications for Fall 2016 on a case-by-case, space-available basis. Before starting the process, please contact the Admissions Office at 617-879-7222 to discuss your situation.

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 (please contact the Admissions Office to discuss your situation and gain access to the online application).
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 may be submitted by fax, email, or mail. 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.


Submit a selection of 15-20 examples of your strongest and most recent artwork, reflecting your interests, skills, and willingness to explore, experiment, and express yourself. Your portfolio may concentrate on a single medium or may show a variety of media. We encourage you to include work representing a sustained interest and/or development over time.

If you are a transfer student who has completed studio art or design courses at the college (university) level, you may submit up to 45 examples in your portfolio. Keeping in mind the guidelines listed above, please submit 3-5 examples from each class, reflecting the knowledge gained in those courses. Transfer credit will be awarded based on the strength of the examples provided.

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

Please note there is a $12 fee for first-time freshman applicants and an $18 fee for transfer applicants to use SlideRoom.

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.

Student Visa Information

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.

Proof of graduation

MassArt requires proof of graduation for all first year and transfer students. This is necessary for both residency documentation and financial aid verification.

Transfer applicants with an academic transcript that indicates they have successfully completed at least two years of post-secondary education (48 or more credits, not including college credits completed while in high school), have adequate documentation to fulfill the proof of graduation requirement. If credits are currently in progress, you must provide the final college transcript noting successful competition of those course in order to enroll. Failure to do so will require you to submit your proof of graduation, and you will not be able to start classes without proper documentation. To satisfy this requirement, you may submit one of the following:

  • A final high school transcript from a U.S. high school or U.S.-accredited high school, including a date of graduation; signed, stamped, or sealed by a school official, and sent from your high school or recognized third-party vendor
  • A Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) results sent directly from the testing organization
  • An official copy of documentation sent directly from the IB Organization indicating that a diploma has been awarded
  • Some national exam results: GCE/GCSE exams (O-Level and AS-level), India Secondary School Examinations, Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Exams, and CAPE I, etc. 
  • Home-schooled students have the additional option to submit a letter from a local school district official or state education agency certifying that the student received an education substantially equivalent to instruction given to students graduating from high school in a public or private institution

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

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