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All admissions application requirements are the same for international and domestic students, with the exception of the additional requirements below.

Application Requirements

Massachusetts College of Art and Design requires official translations and course-by-course evaluations of transcripts or records from outside the U.S. These evaluations can take up to six weeks to complete, so please begin this process early.

Evaluations must be arranged through NACES or AICE approved member, or provider listed below:


Evaluated transcripts must 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

550Paper-based test score Internet-based composite test score (iBT) and TOEFL iBT Paper Edition:
85Overall total
TOEFL Essentials test score:
9Overall Total

MassArt can generally waive English Language Proficiency Exams for:

  • Students currently studying in the U.S. for all 4 years of their high school education.
  • Students who have earned a 3.0/B or better in two consecutive semesters of college-level (non ESL) English courses at a U.S. college or university.
  • Students who have completed a 4 year Bachelor’s program, in good standing, at a school where English is the primary language of instruction.

Questions about exemptions should be sent to

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


Visa Deadlines

  • Enrollment Deadline (MArch Summer): March 15
  • Enrollment Deadline (Summer): April 1
  • Enrollment Deadline (Fall): May 1

MassArt starts processing I-20’s upon receipt of the enrollment deposit and all required visa documents. Allow ample time to fulfill legal requirements associated with obtaining a visa. The sooner you complete this process, the sooner your I-20 will be issued.

  • Receipt of enrollment deposit and all required visa documents
  • 3-4 weeks: I-20 document issued by MassArt in approximately 3-4 weeks
  • 5-6 weeks: Scheduling your visa appointment can take 5-6 weeks
  • 30 days: Students can arrive in the US 30 days prior to the start of classes

*Please note that MFA Low-Residency students must pay a new SEVIS fee each time you enter the US.

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