Application for Admission to The School of Graduate Studies

Thank you for your interest in The School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology. We only accept online applications. You may begin the application and return to it any time with your login and password. The application fee must be paid with a VISA, Mastercard, American Express card or electronic check.

General Application Requirements for all programs:
  1. Completed applications may be submitted from October 15 - March 15 for all programs except Global Fashion Management and Fashion and Textile Studies. For those two programs the deadline is February 15th. There are no spring admissions in the Graduate School. Applications submitted will receive a response within 6-8 weeks following the February 15/March 15 priority deadline. Applications will not be reviewed until all necessary elements are received.

  2. Résumé and Essay/Bio In a brief essay, discuss your choice of program and reasons for interest, including pertinent work and travel experience. Also include your future professional objectives.

  3. Transcripts Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. Unofficial 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:
    1. Parchment
    2. Naviance by Hobson
    3. Credential Solutions

  4. Guidelines for International Student Credentials

    WES Evaluation

    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:

    FIT's requirements may differ from WES's country-specific requirements.

    All schools listed on FIT's application and resume/CV must all be listed on WES's application as well.

    For FIT's 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 FIT's 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 bachelor's degrees:

    Regardless of the outcome of the WES evaluation, FIT evaluates three-year degrees on a case-by-case basis as FIT does not generally recognize three year degrees as being equivalent to American four-year baccalaureate degrees.

    China Credential Service

    Applicants who have attended institutions in China have the option to use the China credential service within the graduate application to request and submit CHESICC authenticated credentials/transcripts and verifications, degrees, and GPA's. For more information go to

    Applicants do not need to send paper transcripts to FIT.

  5. Testing Requirements
    Applicants who do not hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction, must take either The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Language Test (PTE).

    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.

    The minimum PTE score of 53 is required.

    TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores must be forwarded to the School of Graduate Studies. For TOEFL and IELTS, FIT's report code is 2257 (Institution); 99 (department).

  6. Letters of Recommendation are required and must be submitted as indicated on the application form. Recommendation letters will be sent to FIT electronically. The writers of the recommendations will receive an email prompt instructing them where and how to submit the letters online.

  7. $50 application fee.

  8. Additional application materials required by program. See The School of Graduate Studies.

Please contact the School of Graduate Studies or email at if you have any questions. We can be reached, Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm at 212.217.4300.

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