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2014-15 Admission Procedures & Deadlines for All Applicants

General Application Procedures

Applicants to all MICA graduate degree and certificate programs submit application forms and most supporting documentation online at mica.slideroom.com. Applicants to the Design Leadership (MBA/MA) offered in conjunction with John Hopkins University's Carey Business School apply via the JHU online application. Please note that each graduate program has unique application requirements and guidelines. Candidates may apply to multiple programs but must complete and submit a unique application for each.

Application Fee

An application fee is assessed on the first application at the submission stage in SlideRoom. Subsequent applications require a processing fee, but not a full application fee.

Academic Documents & Transcripts

Applicants to all programs must send sealed transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. The Office of Graduate Admission recommends gathering all transcripts in institution-issued envelopes and submitting them in a single parcel to ensure their arrival and timely processing. Send all transcripts to: 

Office of Graduate Admission

Fred Lazarus IV Graduate Studio Center

131 West North Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21202

International Applicants

Applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents must submit additional documentation. A full list of required materials for international candidates is available here. 

Program-specific Application Procedures

MFA Programs

Community Arts (MFA)
Curatorial Practice (MFA)
Filmmaking (MFA)
Graphic Design (MFA)
LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting (MFA)
Illustration Practice (MFA)
Mount Royal School of Art (Multidisciplinary MFA)
Photographic & Electronic Media (MFA)
Rinehart School of Sculpture (MFA)
Studio Art (Low-Residency MFA)

MA Programs

Art Education (Low-Residency MFA)
Critical Studies (MA)
Social Design (MA)
Teaching (MAT)
Design Leadership (MBA/MA, with JHU)

Online MPS Programs

Business of Art & Design (Online MPS)
Information Visualization (Online MPS)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design

Please note that the Office of Graduate Admission cannot accept, review or be responsible for hard-copies or original copies of portfolio materials, or any other supporting documentation. Please do not submit supplemental or original portfolio materials, as they will not be considered or returned.

Application Deadlines

Graphic Design (MFA)

Hoffberger School of Painting (MFA)

Illustration Practice (MFA)

Mount Royal School of Art (Multidisciplinary MFA)

Deadline: January 15

Studio Art (Low-Residency MFA)

Priority Deadline: January 15

Applications accepted through February 15 if program space available

Art Education (Low-Residency/Online MA)

Community Arts (MFA)

Critical Studies (MA)

Curatorial Practice (MFA)

Filmmaking (MFA)

Photographic & Electronic Media (MFA)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design

Rinehart School of Sculpture (MFA)

Social Design (MA)

Teaching (MAT)

Priority Deadline: January 15

Applications accepted through April 1 if program space available

Business of Art & Design (Online MPS)

Information Visualization (Online MPS)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art

Priority Deadline: April 1

Applications received after April 1 will be considered until the program is fully enrolled

Design Leadership (MBA/MA)

Priority Deadline: October 31

Standard Deadline: February 2

Final Deadline: April 1

Decision Notification Schedule

Applicants to programs with January 15 deadlines: Candidates who have submitted applications by the 1/15 deadline will receive formal admission notification prior to April 1

Applicants to program with April 1 deadlines: Candidates who have submitted applications by the 4/1 will receive formal admission notification prior to May 1. Please note that some programs with priority deadlines may not accept applications after January 15. If you have questions about priority deadlines or available program space, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at graduate@mica.edu

Candidates applying to the Design Leadership (MBA/MA) program will receive formal notification from the Carey Business School.