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Admissions Requirements

Applicants are required to have at least three years of related industry experience beyond an earned Bachelor's degree.  Application materials must include: 

1. Completed application may be submitted from September 15 - February 15.  Applications submitted will receive a response within 4-6 weeks following the February 15 priority deadline.  Applications accepted after February 15 as space permits. Applications will not be reviewed until all necessary elements are received.

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. Portfolio

Submission of 15-20 pieces. Life drawings and drawings from observation must be included. Submit images as LOW-RES files (72 dpi), clearly labeled on CD.  Please submit using the format: Lastname_jpeg (number each illustration sequentially).  Submissions improperly prepared will not be considered.  A Word document with listing that identifies commissioned or unpublished works is needed and must accompany the submission. No slides, original work, nor direction to a website are accepted. All portfolio submissions become the property of the School of Graduate Studies and will not be returned. No oversize portfolios, binders, prints or original work will be accepted.

 4. Statement

Typed one - two page statement indicating the applicant’s reasons for the choice of program. 

5. 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. FIT’s report code number is 2257 (Institution); 99 (department). 

6. Résumé

7. Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation. Request that sealed letters of recommendation be sent to the Office of The School of Graduate Studies.

8.  Interview

Select applicants will be contacted by the Office of Graduate Studies to schedule an appropriate 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
227 W. 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.