Undergraduate / Transfer StudentsApplication 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.
Approximately one-third to one-half of all new students enter MassArt as transfers. A transfer student is anyone who has earned college credit after receiving a high school diploma or equivalent. Typically, these students have either acquired or were pursuing degrees from accredited four-year liberal arts colleges, universities, two-year community colleges, or other colleges of art or design.
Please note that due to the specialty nature of MassArt's curricula, the College does not participate in the MassTransfer program.
- 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 may apply for the spring semester. The priority deadline for Spring 2016 is October 15, 2015.
Before applying, applicants should review MassArt's admissions standards.
Transfer application requirement checklist
- Application form and $50 application fee
- Statement of purpose
- Official high school and college transcripts
- Official SAT or ACT scores
- Two letters of recommendation
- Résumé / list of activities
- Copy of alien registration card (legal permanent residents only)
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.
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.
If you have not taken any studio art or design courses at the college level, please submit a portfolio 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 have completed studio art or design courses at the college 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
Transfer applicants will incur an $18 charge for using this service.
Official high school and college transcripts
All transcripts must be official. In order to be considered official, transcripts can be sent one of two ways:
1. Directly to MassArt in an envelope stamped and sealed by a high school or a college registrar.
2. Electronically through Docufide (if your school participates).
Visit docufide.com to create an account and designate which schools you would like your transcripts sent to.
High school/secondary school
Unless you currently hold a baccaluareate degree or have earned 60 credits or more at the point of applying, please submit your official high school/secondary school transcript.
High School Equivalency
If you have completed the General Education Diploma (GED) or HiSET, please send us your official score report including percentages and your high school transcript. MassArt's HiSET code is MA1001010.
To be considered for admission, home-schooled students must submit transcripts or the GED/HiSET. Please note that the college does not consider applicants who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency.
Official transcripts must be submitted for all colleges/post-secondary schools you attended. Please submit a list of in-progress courses if they do not appear on the transcript.
College course descriptions
For the purposes of evaluating transfer credit, applicants should provide a list of course descriptions for completed classes. Descriptions may be copied from a college catalog or website.
Official SAT or ACT scores
Unless you currently hold a baccaluareate degree or have earned 60 credits or more at the point of applying, please submit official SAT I or ACT scores. MassArt's SAT school code is 3516. MassArt's ACT school code is 1846.
SAT or ACT reports should be sent directly from the College Board (collegeboard.org), American College Testing (act.org) or through the high school guidance office.
If your first language is not English, you may support or replace the SAT with the TOEFL or IELTS. Please review MassArt's admissions standards for exceptions to the standards and details about the TOEFL or IELTS.
Students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities and want to be exempted from the SAT requirement must submit documentation certifying that they are participating in a legally recognized special-education program governed by an individualized education plan. Students from private or parochial high schools may substitute either a letter of certification from an approved professional evaluation center and documentation, the results of an interdisciplinary team core evaluation, or the results of any other equivalent testing. More information can be found under admissions standards.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Copy of alien registration card (legal permanent residents only)
Legal permanent residents of the U.S. must submit a copy of the front and back of your alien registration card along with your application materials in order to be considered for admission.
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
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