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2014-15 Admission Procedures & Deadlines for All Applicants

General Application Procedures

Please note that each graduate program has unique application requirements and guidelines. Program deadlines can be found at the bottom of this page. Click on your program of interest on the left sidebar to review program-specific guidelines. Most application materials, including recommendations, are submitted online through MICA's SlideRoom

Candidates applying to multiple graduate programs must complete a SlideRoom application for each individual program, as each program has unique requirements. The left sidebar contains links to program-specific requirements. 

The following materials are submitted online via

1. Graduate Admission Application Form

2. Curriculum vitae/résumé.

Uploaded in .PDF format.

3. Written statement(s).

A written statement or writing sample is required for application to graduate or post-baccalaureate study. Applicants should view program-specific requirements on the left sidebar or in SlideRoom, as writing requirements vary between programs. The Office of Graduate Admission requires candidates to upload .PDF documents.

4. Three (3) letters of reference.

Recommendation letters are collected online via SlideRoom. PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may submit their application before recommenders have completed their letters. After application submission, applicants may log back into SlideRoom to verify the status of recommendations.

5. Application fee.

An application fee is assessed during the submission phase of the online application, payable by credit card. The application fee varies by program depending on required application materials. Applicants to multiple programs: the application fee is charged on the first application. All subsequent applications are charged a $10 processing fee.

The following materials must be submitted in hard-copy to the Office of Graduate Admission:

6. Proof of degree or equivalent.

Applicants must submit transcripts from ALL post-secondary schools attended. Transcripts should be sent in sealed envelopes directly to the Office of Graduate Admission. Applicants to multiple programs need only send one copy of each original transcript. International applicants must provide certified translations of all academic documents. Applicants who have not completed a degree at time of application: a current transcript documenting academic work in progress is required by the application deadline. A final transcript or proof of degree will be required prior to August 1.


All candidates whose primary/native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL/IELTS score to the Office of Graduate Admission. For more information, see Additional Requirements for International Applicants.

The Office of Graduate Admission strongly recommends collecting all transcripts & test scores in institution-issued, sealed envelopes and sending them personally via US Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS or another carrier. This is the best way to ensure that all of your materials arrive at the same time to the same location. 
Send all original documents to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Lazarus Graduate Studio Center
131 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

Additional information:

8. Requirements for International Applicants  (click)

9. Information for Admission Finalists

Admission finalists are selected by the Graduate Review Committee between February and late March. Unless otherwise specified, most finalists are asked to participate in an admission interview with program faculty. Please note that while many finalists receive interview invitations, an interview is not required for admission. In some cases, finalists will be asked to provide additional artwork, written materials or recommendations at the Graduate Review Committee's discretion. Candidates will be contacted via email at the address provided at the time of application by the Office of Graduate Admission should additional materials be required.

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

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