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!

This page is designed to serve as a resource as you complete your application for admission.

You are welcome to start working on an application at any computer where you have access to the internet. You can either complete the application and submit it in one sitting, or save your work and continue it at a later time.

Application Requirements & Timeline

Applications for admission may be submitted from September 17 - March 15 for fall entry.

Programs vary in their willingness to accept applications after March 15, so you are encouraged to submit your application early. The School of Graduate Studies does not offer spring admission. If you are applying for priority consideration, you may review our application timeline by visiting our application requirements and timeline page.

At minimum, candidates seeking admission to programs within the School of Graduate Studies must submit:

  • Online application with non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts of all college-level work
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Essays/Written Statements
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (international applicants)

Applications will not be reviewed until all necessary elements are received. Please review our application requirements and timeline page to verify the requirements for your respective program. There are also additional admissions requirements for international applicants. To learn more, please visit our International Applicants page.

Admissions and Program-Specific frequently asked questions can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Submitting Your Application

Check your work carefully. When you are satisfied and are ready to submit your application, click the send button at the bottom of the last page to save your answers in their final form. VISA, Mastercard, American Express card or electronic check are accepted as payment for the $50 application fee.

Before submitting, we are here to answer any questions about the process or timeline by which your application may receive a decision. Please do not hesitate to contact us at gradadmissions@fitnyc.edu. After submitting, you will not be able to modify your application for any reason with the exception of your recommenders.

You can check your application status on your personal activity page after creating your online account.

The Office of Graduate Admissions cannot provide assistance with troubleshooting any problems regarding the application or the payment website. You can contact CollegeNET, our application provider by using the “Contact our Help Desk” button on the bottom left of each page.

Standardized Tests/English Language Exams

GRE scores can be submitted in paper or electronically from Educational Testing Service to institution code 2257.

GMAT scores can be submitted in paper or electronically from GMAC to the Fashion Institute of Technology - School of Graduate Studies.

TOEFL scores can be submitted in paper or electronically from Educational Testing Service to institution code 2257, department 99.

IELTS scores can be submitted in paper or electronically from the testing agency to the Fashion Institute of Technology - School of Graduate Studies.

Mailing Address

Applicants submitting a paper copy or electronic copy of their evaluation should send the report to the attention Office of Graduate Admissions at the School of Graduate Studies using the following address:

Fashion Institute of Technology
227 West 27th Street
School of Graduate Studies, Room E-316,
New York, NY 10001

or gradadmissions@fitnyc.edu.

It is imperative that application materials be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Under no circumstances will application materials sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions be retrieved.

Portfolio Submission

Our Illustration, Fashion Design, and Exhibition & Experience Design programs require submission of an online portfolio in SlideRoom. To review the portfolio requirements for your program, please visit our Portfolio Requirements page.

You should plan to have your portfolio ready around the same time you submit your online application for admission. When you submit your online application for admission, you will receive a separate email within 5 business days with instructions on how to submit your online portfolio.

Financial Aid

Graduate students at FIT are eligible for federal financial aid programs administered by the Office of Financial Aid. To maximize your eligibility for aid, you are encouraged to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the priority deadline posted on the Financial Aid website. This deadline may occur prior to the time in which you plan to submit your application for admission.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for private educational loans.

For more information about financial aid and private educational loans visit our Financial Aid page.

Additional Information

Be sure to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about our admissions standards and application process.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the School of Graduate Studies or email at gradadmissions@fitnyc.edu.


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