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Requirements vary by program. Please review the program-specific application requirements below. 

Note: The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) programs are designed for professionals with at least three years of full-time, industry-related work experience. If you are a currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or do not possess this experience, you will not be considered a competitive candidate. 

Start an Application

The School of Graduate Studies only accepts online applications. Applicants are only permitted to apply to one undergraduate or graduate program at FIT per year. The Office of Graduate Admissions uses CollegeNET for the receipt and processing of graduate applications. Through the CollegeNET account, applicants can submit and review their complete application, and access post-submission updated through the applicant portal.

Submit Transcripts

Applicants from institutions based in the United States must submit official transcripts from each college or university attended, listing all courses taken, grades and degrees earned, and dates of graduation to the Office of Graduate Admissions. If you submit your application prior to the conferral of your bachelor's degree or equivalent, you will be required to submit your official, final transcripts prior to your arrival at FIT.

Transcripts must be sent directly from the college/university registrar OR sent electronically from services such as eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. (Current/Former FIT students need not request academic transcripts from FIT; these will be supplied by internal procedures.)

It is strongly recommended that official transcripts (US institutions only) be sent electronically to [email protected] If ordering transcripts from a predetermined list of schools, make sure to choose the option for the "FIT - School of Graduate Studies". Transcripts sent to "FIT" or "SUNY FIT" may not reach the Graduate Admissions Office. 

Candidates with degrees earned outside the United States are required to obtain a course-by-course international credential evaluation. Additional information about foreign credential evaluation services can be found on our Graduate International Applicants page.

Letters of Recommendation

Three references are required. Recommenders should be able to speak to your scholastic ability or professional performance.

Online recommendations start by entering the following information for each of your recommenders in your online application: name, address, email address, phone number, institution or employer, title, field/discipline.

It is extremely important to enter your recommenders' email addresses correctly so that they each receive an automated email instructing them how to proceed with their recommendation through an online process. Recommenders will be required to complete and submit an online evaluation form through the online application system. There is no function to upload documents in the recommendation form. Mailed and emailed recommendation letters will not be accepted. After your recommender submits the online recommendation, it will become part of your application.

Resume/CV

A resume or CV that includes the applicant’s employment and professional history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates, noting part-time or full-time experience. Applicants are encouraged to include information about relevant skills, experience, and achievements.

Essays and Written Statements

Our essay questions are designed for applicants to show their personality while communicating clearly about their educational pursuits. We encourage applicants to discuss future professional objectives, including pertinent work and travel experience. Essay topics are revealed as you complete your online application.

Standardized Test Scores (GRE)

Although not required, the GRE is recommended for certain programs as it provides the committee with additional details about your qualifications and preparation for graduate study.

GRE results are valid for five years prior to the semester of your application. Although not required for any program, competitive applicants score above the 50th percentile in all areas. These are not cut-off scores, as a holistic approach is taken when making admissions decisions. Applicants are not penalized for not sending scores. Should an applicant choose to send scores, they must be submitted in paper or electronically from Educational Testing Service to institution code 2257. 

English Language Proficiency Scores

Applicants who speak English as a second language must submit evidence of English Language Proficiency to do graduate work, as measured by the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or the IELTS academic (International English Language Testing Service) exams. This includes individuals who did not graduate from an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English, or comes from a country where English is not the official language.

TOEFL and IELTS results are valid for two years prior to the semester of your application. The minimum scores for English language examinations are: 

  • TOEFL: A minimum TOEFL IBT (internet-based test) score of 85
  • IELTS: A minimum band score of 6.5

Application Fee

There is an application fee of $100, payable by credit card or electronic check. Application fees are non-refundable. If an applicant applies to a wrong program in error, it is the responsibility of the applicant to select and pay for a new application.

Portfolio

A portfolio is a compilation of materials that demonstrate your skills, qualifications, education, training, and experiences. Submission of an online portfolio is required for all studio programs. Requirements vary by department.

All documents submitted to the college, in support of applications for admission, academic evaluations or required administrative processing must be true, accurate and complete. Supporting documents must not make misrepresentations, omit relevant information or be altered from the original. The School of Graduate Studies reserves the right to cancel an application, deny acceptance, or rescind an offer of admission to applicants who deliberately lie or misrepresent their background in their application materials.

Program-Specific Requirements

Graduate Studies application requirements for the 2021-2022 cycle are below. 

Many programs within the School of Graduate Studies focus on a particular academic discipline or profession, requiring industry-specific work experience or professional training in order to apply. Please review the requirements in their entirety, as they are the minimum standards required for admission.

Applicants are eligible for admission if they meet all posted requirements and have submitted all required documents. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Graduate Studies Program Application Details

  • Applicants must hold or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. The issuing institution must be recognized as having degree granting authority by the appropriate regional/national government.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • Two College-Level Art History Courses - All students entering the program are expected to have taken two college-level courses in the history of art.
  • GRE Scores (recommended, not required)

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our Art Market Studies FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

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  • Applicants must hold or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. The issuing institution must be recognized as having degree granting authority by the appropriate regional/national government.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation - Two letters must come from professionals with whom you have worked, and the third from a college or university faculty member with whom you have studied.
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our CFMM FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

The Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management program has only one deadline - March 15th.

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  • Applicants must hold or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. The issuing institution must be recognized as having degree granting authority by the appropriate regional/national government.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • Portfolio

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our Exhibition and Experience Design FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

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  • Applicants must hold or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. The issuing institution must be recognized as having degree granting authority by the appropriate regional/national government.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • GRE Scores (recommended, not required)
  • College-Level Humanities Courses - successful applicants should have a foundation in the study of the humanities, with at least two college-level courses in anthropology, archaeology, history, history of art, literature, or related fields.
  • College-Level Chemistry Course - students entering the program are required to have taken one term of college level chemistry with a lab component (usually called General Chemistry I). This course can be taken at any accredited college or community college and can be taken pass/fail.
  • College-Level Foreign Language Courses - successful applicants should have proficiency in the use of at least one language other than English as a research tool. Native speakers of other languages, for whom English is a second language, will be recognized as meeting this standard. The most useful languages for fashion and textile studies are French, Italian, Spanish, and German, but many other languages are also acceptable/useful for research. Proficiency can be demonstrated with at least two college-level courses in a particular language.

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our  Fashion and Textile Studies FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

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  • Applicants must hold or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. The issuing institution must be recognized as having degree granting authority by the appropriate regional/national government.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • Portfolio
  • Thesis Proposal - applicants are required to submit a 250 - 750 word written thesis proposal with their portfolio in SlideRoom. The thesis proposal presents the scope of work you plan to pursue in the MFA in Fashion Design program and the questions you want to attempt to answer through your research.

It is important for your written proposal to  support the 10-page visual representation provided in your online portfolio. Our committee looks for candidates who can present a record of thinking through both written and visual pieces.

We understand that concepts can be abstract, so view your proposal as a guide through the development of your ideas. You are encouraged to discuss the methodology that will guide your research, with an understanding that your thoughts and ideas will evolve as you go through the program.

Your proposal will aid the mentors and industry partners specially selected for your project in crafting your personal journey, working closely with you to define the context your project will best be understood.

You are encouraged to review our former student thesis topics for the MFA in Fashion Design program.

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our Fashion Design MFA FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

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  • Applicants must hold or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. The issuing institution must be recognized as having degree granting authority by the appropriate regional/national government.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • GRE/GMAT Scores (recommended, not required)

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our Global Fashion Management FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

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  • Applicants must hold or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. The issuing institution must be recognized as having degree granting authority by the appropriate regional/national government.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay 
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • Portfolio

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our Illustration MFA FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

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Application Deadlines

The dates below determine when candidates should apply and expect to receive a decision. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required admissions materials are received by the deadline. An application is only considered complete when the online application and all supplemental documents have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Received materials can be viewed through the applicant portal. 

Applications are due at 11:59pm Eastern Time on the date of the posted deadlines. Programs vary in their willingness to consider applications after March 15, and as a result, candidates are most competitive for their program if they follow the outlined submission dates. 

November 1st, 2021

Application for admission is available.

January 15, 2022

January 15 is the deadline for fellowship consideration and international student admissions.

  • Applicants who apply by the fellowship consideration deadline receive the strongest consideration for acceptance, as well as consideration for the Dean's Graduate Fellowship, a one-year, non-renewable award of $3,000 designed to provide graduate students with research experience and funding support. Additional details about the fellowship application process can be found on the Dean's Fellowship Page
  • The international student deadline ensures ample time to process supplemental application materials since this process may vary for each candidate. This also certifies a timely review of financial and identification documents if candidates require a F-1 or J-1 Visa to study in the United States. Learn more about requirements for graduate international students by visiting our International Applicants page. Candidates are eligible to apply for other deadlines, however, this is the best way to avoid common delays.

Decisions for this deadline will be sent no later than April 1, 2022.

March 15, 2022

This is the deadline for general admission. Programs vary in their willingness to consider applications after March 15. Please note that your application may not be eligible for review if received past this deadline.

The Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management program has only one deadline: March 15.

Decisions for this deadline will be sent by May 6, 2022.