Graduate Application Requirements and Deadlines

  • Undergraduate
    • Application Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science Degree Programs
  • Graduate
    • Application Requirements for the Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts Degree Programs
  • Post-Baccalaureate
    • Application Requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs
  • Pre-College
    • Application Requirements for PSEO and the Pre-College Summer Session Program

Application Deadlines for Graduate Students

MCAD is highly selective in admitting graduate students. To enhance your chances, please apply early. Completed applications by the posted deadlines will advance to committee review.

 

Fall

Spring

Master of Fine Arts

Regular Decision: January 15

N/A

Master of Arts

Early Action  a: January 15

Regular Decision: June 1

November 1

 

Application Checklists for Graduate Students

Follow the detailed application guidelines for your chosen program below. All applicants must hold an undergraduate degree before applying.

Master of Fine Arts

Online Application Form

To begin the application process, you must first complete an online application form. The form requires a valid credit card number for the application fee of $50.

Official College Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from any colleges or universities that you've attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts marked "Issued to Student" are not considered official transcripts.

Send to:

MCAD Admissions Office
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

 

or

 

admissions@mcad.edu

 

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation that attest to your creative ability, self-discipline, academic record, and commitment to visual arts. Letters should be from academic mentors, instructors, or advisors, or from professional supervisors, clients, or employers.

Send requests to your letter writers via mcad.slideroom.com for submission directly to MCAD.

 

Personal Statement
  • What goals will you pursue in the graduate program? Please be specific.
    (300-word limit)
  • How has your previous experience prepared you to pursue those goals?
    (300-word limit)
  • Provide a detailed analysis of one of the works in your portfolio.
    (400-word limit)

Submit your statement online at mcad.slideroom.com.

 

Résumé

Submit a current copy of your résumé that highlights your past and present professional and volunteer work experience, appointments, awards, grants, scholarships, accolades, etc., as relevant. (4-page limit)

Submit your résumé as a PDF online at mcad.slideroom.com.

 

Portfolio

Submit twenty pieces of your work, demonstrating your strongest work in your chosen discipline. Note: All film and video work in excess of fifteen minutes should include a three-minute sample video and the full-length work. Applicants with an emphasis in interactive media should submit a selection of no more than twenty screenshots. In addition, interactive applicants may submit a video, no more than three-minutes, demonstrating the piece. All MFA applicants may also link to media on YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud via SlideRoom. The quality of presentation is taken into consideration by the graduate committee.

Applicants are required to label each work by title, date, media, and dimensions. If the work is a collaborative effort, you must include your role in its creation and development.

Submit your portfolio online at mcad.slideroom.com.

The digital platform allows you to create an inventory of your best work and to include titles, dates, media, dimensions, and notes. Both still images and time-based works may be uploaded. Images may be viewed and rearranged until the application process is complete. Detailed instructions are found on the site. For technical support, email help@slideroom.com.

Do not ship or mail portfolios to MCAD. There is no charge to submit portfolios online.

 

Additional Requirements for International Students

Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Once you have been admitted to the program and have submitted your tuition deposit, the I-20 form needed to obtain a student visa will be issued. International MFA students are admitted as full-time students only.

In addition to the general admission application requirements, international students must provide the following information to the MFA graduate program:

  • Proof of English proficiency
    Students whose native language is not English must successfully complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum scores required for admittance include:
    • Paper: 550
    • Computer: 213
    • IBT: 79
    • IELTS: 6
  • Official English translations of all transcripts

And once you are accepted to the graduate program, you must then provide the following information to receive a student visa:

  • Proof of citizenship (A photocopy of your passport is suitable.)
  • Financial certification
    You must show proof of the availability of funds to cover tuition, housing, and expenses for at least one year of attendance at MCAD. Once accepted, MCAD will send a financial certification form that is due with the tuition deposit by the posted deadline. This should be signed and sent to the Admissions Office and must include an official letter from a manager or officer of a major financial institution citing the balance of funds for the student or student's sponsor. MCAD is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students in accordance with the requirements specified in 8 CRF 214.3.

 

Master of Arts

Online Application Form

To begin the application process, you must first complete an online application form. The form requires a valid credit card number for the application fee of $50.

Official College Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from any colleges or universities that you've attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts marked "Issued to Student" are not considered official transcripts.

Send to:

MCAD Admissions Office
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

 

or

 

admissions@mcad.edu

 

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation that attest to your creative ability, self-discipline, academic record, and commitment to sustainable design. Letters should be from academic mentors, instructors, or advisors, or from professional supervisors, clients, or employers.

You may send recommendations with your application, or letter writers may submit recommendations directly to MCAD. PDF format is recommended.

 

2-Page Statement on Career Goals and Design Experience

Please provide the following information (2-page limit):

  • List your top three career goals. How do you expect the MA in sustainable design to help you achieve your professional goals?
  • What has been your experience with the process of design?
  • Present an example of your past engagement in the field of sustainable design. How did this experience influence your perspective on your role as a sustainable designer?

Submit your statement as a PDF to admissions@mcad.edu

 

Résumé

Submit a current copy of your résumé that highlights your past and present professional and volunteer work experience, appointments, awards, grants, scholarships, accolades, etc., as relevant. (4-page limit)

Submit your résumé as a PDF to admissions@mcad.edu.

 

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the general admission application requirements, international students must provide the following information to the MA graduate program:

  • Official English translations of all transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency
    Students whose native language is not English must successfully complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum scores required for admittance include:
    • Paper: 550
    • Computer: 213
    • IBT: 79
    • IELTS: 6

 

aStudents who complete the MA application by the Early Action deadline will be notified of admission within one month.