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Application Requirements/Deadlines

The application and all requirements below must be submitted online, except for official transcripts, translation and evaluation of transcripts, and English proficiency test scores. In addition, candidates should review each graduate program's specifications and requirements


  • January 5, 2019 - Priority Deadline - Summer & Fall 2019
  • May 1, 2019 - Final Deadline - Summer 2019
  • May 10, 2019 - Final Deadline - Fall 2019

*Summer and Fall 2020 Applications will be available starting September 2019

Applications completed by the January 5th Priority deadline will be considered for both Dean's scholarships and named scholarships. In order to be considered for named scholarships you must complete your FAFSA by February 1, 2019. The MassArt school code is 002180.

Applications received after January 5th will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee and the Department Program Coordinators, unless final deadlines have been posted. Applications after January 5th may be considered for Dean's Scholarships depending upon the availability of funds. Please contact the admissions office if you have any questions or concerns.

Complete Application:

A complete application, ready for review, consist of the following:

All Students:

  • Online Application Form
  • $90 Application fee
  • Statement of Purpose: A one- to two-page statement of purpose should address your reasons for applying to MassArt, your choice of a specific discipline, and the direction of future work. You also may want to comment on recent developments that support your decision to apply
  • Résumé: Your resume should list professional accomplishments, including exhibitions, awards, or other activities that convey a sense of your commitment to a career in the arts

    Important: You will upload Statement of Purpose and Resume after submitting your application via the Status page. Once your application has been submitted you will log back into your application and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the "upload" option.
  • Post-Secondary/College Transcripts: Please provide unofficial transcripts of all previous academic coursework completed for the preliminary review of your application. If your academic credentials are prepared in a language other than English, they must be translated into English for review. Students who are admitted and choose to enroll at MassArt will later be required to submit official transcripts with certified translations if transcripts are in a language other than English. Please note that MassArt does not consider applicants for graduate or post-baccalaureate programs who do not have the equivalent of a four-year United States undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree.

    Important: There is no transcript fee if you are a MassArt Alum who is applying to a MassArt grad program. If you are a MassArt alum looking to request a transcript for a MassArt Graduate application please email
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: You will need to provide email addresses for recommendations from two (2) individuals who are familiar with the work in your portfolio and can comment on your qualifications for advanced study. At least one referee should be from a teacher with whom you have studied
  • Portfolio: All portfolios must be submitted digitally.
    • Portfolios of MFA applicants are expected to demonstrate an in-depth commitment to the visual arts
    • For 2D, 3D Fine Arts, and Photography applicants, 20 to 25 reproductions of recent work should be submitted that relate to the concentration to which you are applying. Faculty who review the portfolios look for a personal direction and potential for further growth
    • Note for time-based media: Portfolio must be comprised of 3-5 film/video pieces as well as any images of installations, site-specific projections, and/or stills as appropriate
  • Interview: Interviews are an important component of the MassArt Graduate Admissions process. After an initial review of applications, selected candidates will be invited to campus for an in person interview with Faculty. This opportunity allows applicants to discuss the program directly with faculty and view the facilities, while allowing faculty the chance to better know each applicant. When necessary, live video interviews may be accommodated, however we strongly encourage in-person attendance. Additionally, programs may request candidates bring samples of original artwork.
  • Course Descriptions and Syllabi (for Master of Architecture Applicants)

    Important: Those seeking Advanced Placement in Track I or placement and Track II; You will upload Course Descriptions and Syllabi after your application has been submitted via the Status page.  Once your application has been submitted you will log back into your application and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the "upload" option.

Apply for 2019