Graduate Admission

International Graduate Students

MICA welcomes students from around the world to the graduate community.

Review information about MICA's graduate international application procedures, frequently asked questions, and chat with an admission counselor. 

Connect with the MICA Graduate Community

We know it can be tough for international students to visit MICA's campus. But you can still connect with our counselors to learn more about the international student experience. Use the chat widget to connect with us directly. Or email us at graduate@mica.edu. 

Application Requirements for International Students

All applicants, regardless of citizenship status, are required to verify their English language proficiency. English proficiency can be demonstrated in the following ways, as part of the application process:

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. English proficiency must be proven before an official admission decision can be made. Candidates are required to attach an unofficial version of their score or English institution transcript to the online application. The following are acceptable methods to demonstrate English proficiency:

A. TOEFL: A minimum overall band score of 75 on the iBT Test of English Language as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required to be considered for admission. Candidates may submit their scores digitally or in hardcopy. MICA's institution code is 5399. 

B. IELTS: A minimum score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required to be considered for admission. IELTS scores may be submitted digitally or in hardcopy. MICA's institution code is 5399.

C. Duolingo: In 2022, MICA will accept Duolingo tests as proof of English proficiency. A minimum score of 100 is required to be considered for full admission. 

D. English Language Education: A high school diploma, 3-year undergraduate degree, or masters degree at an accredited institution at which English is the language of instruction. The application form provides instructions for submitting documentation based on the language of instruction by submitting a transcript or verification letter from their previous institution.

Please note that meeting the guidelines above is not a guarantee of admission and that candidates may be asked to meet other requirements after initial application review. The average TOEFL IBT score among admitted students in 2020 was 90, and the average IELTS score among admitted students in 2020 was 6.5.

2. Certified Translations of Non-English Documents

If transcripts, degrees, recommendation letters or other official documents are not issued in English, international applicants are required to submit certified translations. If your institution issues transcripts in English, no additional translation or certification is required. The Office of Graduate Admission recommends World Education Services for educational document translation. Questions or concerns about official application documents can be directed to graduate@mica.edu.

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. Please note that, as part of the immigration process, international students will be required to demonstrate sufficient financial support for both tuition and living expenses.