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Information for International Graduate Applicants

MICA's graduate community is home to over 60 international students from 15 different countries. The guidelines provided here will help international candidates prepare their application.

Application Requirements for International Students

All international applicants are required to submit the following information:

1. Proof of English Language Proficiency

In addition to the general application requirements, all applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. The following are acceptable methods to demonstrate English proficiency:

A. TOEFL: A minimum overall band score of 80 on the IBT Test of English Language as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for full admission. Additionally, minimum scores of 20 on the writing, reading and listening subsections are required. International applicants must submit their test scores in hard copy. MICA's institution code is 5399.

B. IELTS: A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. Additionally, minimum scores of 6.0 on the writing, reading and listening subsections are required. IELTS scores must be submitted in hardcopy. MICA's institution code is 5399.

The Office of Graduate Admission will consider waiving the Proof of English Language Proficiency requirements for students who have earned a degree at an accreditted instutition at which English is the medium of instruction. Students seeking this waiver must submit documentation of the medium of instruction and submit a written request on the International Applicants form as part of the application process.

Candidates scoring below the minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirements may be considered for provisional admission pending a full admissions review and interview by graduate faculty and admission staff. Provisionally admitted candidates will be asked to complete one or more of the following requirements: 1. TOEFL/IELTS retest; 2. Enrollment in a summer English language intensive program; 3. Enrollment in MICA's ISBP (International Student Bridging Program).

Please note that all applicants whose primary language is not English will be required to participate in an admission interview if selected as finalists.

2. Certified Translations of All Documents

All international applicants must provide certified translations of transcripts, degrees, recommendation letters and other official documents that are issued in any language other than English. The Office of Graduate Admission recommends World Education Services for educational document translation. Questions or concerns about official application documents can be directed to

3. Immigration and I-20 Information

No immigration, financial or visa documentation is required at the time of application. International candidates that receive an offer of admission will also receive the required forms as part of their admission packet.

Connect to MICA's Grad Community

  1. Online Information Sessions

    Want to learn more about MICA's graduate programs and community, but can't travel to Baltimore? The Office of Graduate Admission invites all prospective applicants to join admission representatives, current students and graduate faculty for an Online Information Session. Topics vary from specific programs to general overviews to application assistance.