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.
The following materials are submitted online via mica.slideroom.com:
1. Graduate Admission Application Form
2. Curriculum vitae/résumé.
The Office of Graduate Admission strongly recommends uploading .pdf documents.
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 strongly recommends uploading .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 hardcopy 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.
7. Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores (INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY)
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.
Send all original documents to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Graduate Studio Center
131 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
9. Information for Admission Finalists
Admission finalists are selected by the Graduate Review Committee between February and late March 2014. 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 hardcopies 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.
Graphic Design (MFA)
Hoffberger School of Painting (MFA)
Illustration Practice (MFA)
Mount Royal School of Art (Multidisciplinary MFA)
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Studio Art (Low-Residency MFA)
Priority Deadline: January 15, 2014
Applications accepted through February 15, 2014 if program space available
Art Education (Low-Residency/Online MA)
Business of Art and Design (Online MPS)
Community Arts (MFA)
Critical Studies (MA)
Curatorial Practice (MFA)
Information Visualization (Online MPS)
Photographic & Electronic Media (MFA)
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design
Rinehart School of Sculpture (MFA)
Social Design (MA)
Priority Deadline: January 15, 2014
Applications accepted through April 1, 2014 if program space available
Design Leadership (MBA/MA)
Deadline: March 3, 2014