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Admissions Requirements

For general admission questions, please contact The School of Graduate Studies.

1. A Completed application may be submitted exclusively online from September 15 - February 15; there are no spring admissions. Applications submitted will receive a response within 4-6 weeks following the February 15 priority deadline. Applications accepted after February 15 will receive a reply as space permits. Applications will not be reviewed until all necessary elements are received.

2. Résumé and Essay

3. 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. Transcripts may be uploaded with your application; however, you must submit an official transcript in its original sealed envelope. These can be mailed to: 

School of Graduate Studies, Room E315

Fashion Institute of Technology
227 W27th Street, New York NY 10001-5992

FIT will accept electronic transcripts from the following approved vendors:

Naviance by Hobson
Credential Solutions

Guidelines for International Student Credentials

All applicants educated outside the U.S. are required to have their credentials from those schools evaluated by World Education Services (WES). To ensure that your evaluation includes all of the information that FIT requires, please note:

FITís requirements may differ from WESís country-specific requirements.

All schools listed on FITís application and resume/CV must all be listed on WESís application as well.

For FITís instructions and requirements go to: For questions or problems regarding document submission, please email WES at

ATTENTION: WES evaluations constitute non-binding advisory opinions only. Where FITís assessment of any credential(s) differs from that of WES, FIT makes all final determinations regarding course/grade/credit/GPA equivalencies, and degree equivalencies.

Applicants with three-year bachelorís degrees:

Regardless of the outcome of the WES evaluation, FIT does not recognize the three-year bachelorís degree (from India, for example) as equivalent to a U.S. bachelorís degree.

4. Testing Requirements

5. Letters of Recommendation

6. Interview

7. Program Specific Requirements

Art Market

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

Minimum of four college-level courses in art history.

Minimum of two years of college coursework in a foreign language appropriate to the chosen field of study. If you do not meet the Foreign Language requirement, you may be granted conditional acceptance requiring fulfillment of the coursework by the end of the second semester of study.

Fashion and Textile Studies

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

Minimum of four college-level courses in art history or related disciplines.

Minimum of two years of college coursework in a foreign language appropriate to the chosen field of study.

Though not required, it is strongly suggested that all students take one semester of Chemistry for general understanding and to allow for an easier decision for the conservation choice after the first year.  For those selecting the conservation emphasis, one semester of college chemistry is required before advanced conservation courses can be taken in the second year.

Sustainable Interior Environments

Preference will be given to candidates with a bachelorís degree and professional or educational experience in interior design, architecture, exhibition design, industrial design or other professions related to the built environment.

Completed applications may be submitted September 15th through March 15th

Exhibition Design

Portfolio Requirements:

Submission of 20 pieces of design work to include: Samples of drafting in AutoCad or Vectorworks; proficiency in Creative Suite programs including Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop; 3D digital rendering in 3D Studio Max, Sketchup or other programs. Additional work in sketching, hand rendering, other software applications  a plus. If you have examples of other forms of artistic pursuits such as photography, painting, sculpture or media, please include samples in your portfolio. Creative expression, looseness and playfulness are very appreciated in the candidate.

Submit your portfolio here.


Applicants must have three years of industry related work experience after earning a bachelorís degree in illustration or related field.

Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Microsoft Word.

Portfolio Requirements:

Submission of 15-20 pieces. Life drawings and drawings from observation MUST be included for consideration. Submit images as LOW-RES files (72 dpi).  Please submit using the format: Lastname_jpeg (number each illustration sequentially).  Submissions improperly prepared will not be considered. 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. Portfolios that do not follow the specifications will not be reviewed. Portfolios will not be reviewed unless an application has been submitted.

Submit your portfolio here.

Cosmetics & Fragrance Marketing and Management

Prior to matriculation, candidates may be required to have satisfactorily completed undergraduate courses in marketing principles, macroeconomics, and accounting or finance, depending on undergraduate field of study and previous professional experience.

Candidates must have a minimum of three years of work experience in an industry related to their course of study. Preference is given to candidates with at least five years of work experience, global work or study experience, and foreign language proficiency.

Three letters of recommendation, including one from a college or university faculty member with whom you have studied and two from professionals with whom you have worked.

Select applicants will be contacted by the Office of Graduate Studies to schedule an interview and timed writing sample.

Mac laptop required.

Completed applications may be submitted from September 15th through March 15th

Global Fashion Management

Applicants must present the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores. GRE test scores are preferred. Forward scores to the School of Graduate Studies (code 2257-5199).

Minimum of three yearsí work experience in a fashion-related industry, preferably on a managerial level.

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