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2016-17 Admission Procedures & Deadlines for All Graduate Applicants

How to Apply

Online Application Form

Applicants to all MICA graduate degree and certificate programs submit application forms and most supporting documentation online at MICA's SlideRoom portal. 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.

Academic Documents & Transcripts

For the online component of the application, candidates will be asked to upload a digital transcript (official or unofficial) from their last degree-bearing instituation. Transcripts can be scanned copies of print documents or digital copies provided by the institution. Official transcripts are not required as a component of the initial application, however the Graduate Review Committee may request additional materials or verification at any time during the process. For more information on obtaining a digital transcript, consult your school's registrar's office. 

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. 

Application Deadlines & Program Specific Procedures

Click on any program below, or on the left sidebar, to review the full list of required application materials. Priority and final deadlines are listed below. The Office of Graduate Admission can only accept applications after the priority deadline should space remain available in the program. 

MFA Programs

Graphic Design (MFA)

LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting (MFA)

Illustration Practice (MFA)

Mount Royal School of Art (MFA)

Final Deadline: January 17, 2017

Studio Art (Low-Residency Summer MFA)

Priority Deadline: January 17, 2017

Final Deadline: February 15, 2017

Community Arts (MFA)

Curatorial Practice (MFA)

Filmmaking (MFA)

Photographic & Electronic Media (MFA)

Rinehart School of Sculpture (MFA)

Priority Deadline: January 17, 2017

Final Deadline: April 3, 2017

MA Programs

Art Education (Low-Residency/Online Summer MA)

Social Design (MA)

Teaching (MAT)

Priority Deadline: January 17, 2017

Final Deadline: April 3, 2017

Online Master of Professional Studies Programs

Business of Art & Design (MPS)

Information Visualization (MPS)

UX Design (MPS)

Applications to MICA's MPS programs are reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates applying after July 1, 2017 may be considered for the 2018 program start date. 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art

Priority Deadline: April 3, 2017

Applications received after April 3 will be reviewed on a rolling basis should space remain available in the program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design

Priority Deadline: January 17, 2017

Final Deadline: April 3, 2017

Design Leadership MBA/MA, in conjuction with Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University

Round 1 Deadline

November 7, 2016

Round 2 Deadline

January 23, 2017

Round 3 Deadline

April 10, 2017

This page was last updated on 04/25/2017.

MICA Graduate Admission

  1. Apply for 2018

    Applications open September 1, 2017

    Applications for summer and fall 2018 will open on September 1, 2017. The priority deadline for most programs will be January 17, 2018. All application materials, references, and transcripts will be accepted through MICA's SlideRoom system. You can view program-by-program application guidelines here