Admissions Requirements

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Requirements For All Applicants


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Complete our free online application. Complete this step now and finish the rest of the process when you're ready. This step must be done first. Start Now



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Upload a portfolio to SlideRoom that communicates your problem-solving skills and your technical and design expertise to SlideRoom. Please see portfolio guidelines.

NOTE: MFA Transportation Design applicants should include a significant number of original sketches in their portfolio submission and/or an additional sketchbook. MFA Integrated Design applicants with no design background, please follow the guidelines

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Provide three letters of recommendation using SlideRoom. Provide the names and contact information of three individuals who know your academic and/or professional record and can speak to your potential for success at CCS. Start Now


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Submit a statement of purpose (500 - 1,000 words) using your SlideRoom account. The statement should outline your objectives for seeking an MFA at CCS. This document serves as your writing sample and should include your areas of interest and influences on your design/thinking practice. Submit Now

In the written statement, candidates should address the following:

  1. What is your motivation for studying design?
  2. What are you hoping to achieve in your graduate education? Career path and/or personal enrichment?
  3. Why do you think CCS is the place for you?
  4. What characteristics, both personal and professional, do you feel you will contribute to a team-based project?


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Submit a resume/curriculum vitae using SlideRoom detailing your educational and work experience and any community service. Submit Now


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Upload college transcript(s) to SlideRoom and submit official documents by mail to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Please submit official college transcript(s) by mail to:

College for Creative Studies
Office of Graduate Admissions
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI  48202-4034

International Applicants

In addition to completing the application procedures listed above, you must upload the following to SlideRoom:

English Proficiency Exam Scores (TOEFL or IELTS)

Official scores can be submitted in paper form via the testing company (Electronic delivery can be requested for tests taken after 10/1/2015). When taking the TOEFL, select school code 1035. If your undergraduate degree was taught in English, the English proficiency exam is not required.

Certified English Translation of Your Transcript(s)

Submit the translation of your transcript(s) along with the school's official grading scale, so that we can convert your grades and/or an accumulative Grade Point Average for all years attended in your bachelor's degree. For complete information about requirements for international applicants, visit the International Graduate Students page.

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