Admissions Requirements

Application materials must include:
1. Completed application may be submitted from September 15 - February 15.

2. Transcripts

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate major from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. Request transcripts of all official post-secondary education documents (transcripts, diplomas, and/or certificates) to be sent directly to FIT. Transcripts must be sent in the original sealed envelopes from the issuing institutions. Note: FIT will only accept academic documents and transcripts which have been officially attested (bearing the stamp/signature of the registrar or designated officer) and sealed in an envelope by the issuing institution. Students educated outside the US should see International Student Credentials.

3. Essay

Essay indicating the applicantís choice of program and reasons for interest, including pertinent work or travel experience.

4. English Proficiency

Applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction are exempt from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The minimum TOEFL score requirement depends on which test format you are using:
  • Internet-based (ibt) test:† minimum score must be 80
  • Computer-based test:† minimum score must be 213
  • Paper-based test:† minimum score must be 550
The minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 in the academic module is required.

Applicants who have completed an English composition course at a college in the U.S. are not exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS.

Applicants who have completed less than four years of English at a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.
Forward TOEFL scores to the Office of The School of Graduate Studies. FITís†report code number is 2257 (Institution); 99 (department).†

5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Applicants must present Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for admissions.† Forward GRE scores to the Office of The School of Graduate Studies (code 2257-5199).

6. Résumé

7. Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation, one academic and one professional. Request that sealed letters of recommendation be sent to the Office of The School of Graduate Studies.

8. Additional Requirements

Candidates are required to have satisfactorily completed a minimum of four college-level courses in art history, and a minimum of two years of college coursework in a foreign language appropriate to the chosen field of study.

Applicants who have not meet the Foreign Language requirement may, with the approval of the chairperson, be granted a conditional acceptance requiring fulfillment of the coursework by the end of the second semester of study.

9. Interview

Select applicants will be contacted by the Office of Graduate Studies to schedule an interview.
All FIT graduate programs start in the fall semester only.† There are no spring admissions.

Send supplemental materials to:

Office of The School of Graduate Studies
Fashion Institute of Technology
The State University of New York
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, Room E315
New York, NY 10001-5992

All documents and correspondence must bear your name. Submitted documents become the property of FIT and will not be returned. FIT Graduate Admissions may request additional documents upon review of your application.

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