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Application Requirements for Online MPS Programs

MICA's Master of Professional Studies degrees offer intensive, online education designed to develop both creative and professional skills. Each program has specific application requirements, which can be found by following the links in the left sidebar. General application guidelines can be found below.

General Application Procedures

Although each MPS program has specific portfolio and written requirements, a complete application to any MICA program will include the following:

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

Letters of Reference

Applicants to all MFA programs must include 3 letters of reference with their application. Letters are collected online, via the SlideRoom application system. Please note that applicants do not need to wait for references to be collected before submitting the application. References may arrive after the application has been submitted.

Additional Information for International Students

International students are eligible to apply for MICA's online MPS programming, but it should be noted that MICA cannot issue residential student visas for online programming. International students enrolled for MPS study at MICA will need to apply for and be issued student visas for the weekend residencies. Additional information can be found at Information for International Graduate Applicants

Program-Specific Application Procedures

Before starting the application process, candidates are encouraged to review the program-specific requirements by following the links in the left sidebar of this page. If relevant, candidates are encouraged to apply to multiple programs. Please note that a separate application is required for each program.

MPS Program Application Deadlines

Business of Art & Design

Information Visualization

Priority Deadline: April 1

Applications received after April 1 will be considered on a rolling basis through August 1 

Decision Notification Schedule

MICA conducts an intensive admission and scholarship jury of all application materials, beginning after the initial deadline. Candidates applying by April 1 will receive their initial application decision no later than May 1. Candidates applying after April 1 will receive their decision as it becomes available, approximately 3-4 weeks after the complete application is submitted.