Graduate Admissions

CCS Graduate MFA Application: Complete forms, upload materials and submit your application through SlideRoom.

Application Requirements:

Application Form

Enter general personal and educational information.

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Upload projects, sketches and other items that communicate your technical and design expertise and problem-solving skills. Review individual program requirements/recommendations on the Portfolio Guidelines page.

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Upload a current transcript(s) (unofficial or official electronic version) of your transcript. Official copies will be requested if offered admissions.

International Applicants: Submit a certified English translation of your transcript(s). The documents should include the translation of your courses along with the school's official grading scale, so that we can convert your grades and/or a cumulative Grade Point Average for all years attended in your bachelor's degree.

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Statement of Purpose

Upload a statement of purpose (500-1000 words) that outlines your objectives for seeking an MFA at CCS and addresses the following:

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

This document serves as your writing sample and should include your areas of interest and influences on your design/thinking practice.

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Submit a current resume/curriculum vitae detailing your educational, work and community service/volunteer experience.

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Letters of Recommendation

Provide two (2) recommendation letters. Recommendations should come from individuals who are able to address your creative ability, academic and/or professional record, learning style and potential for graduate education. At least one letter should be provided by an academic reference or professional supervisors. Applicants can submit up to three (3) recommendation letters as part of your application.

Application Fee

Submit a $18 non-refundable application fee prior to finalizing your application.

International Applicants

Additional Requirements:

English Proficiency Exam: All applicants whose primary and/or native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS general exam scores. Request scores be sent to CCS electronically by the exam agency (ETS or Cambridge English Assessment). Our TOEFL (ETS) code is 1035.

Minimum scores: TOEFL- Internet version: 80; paper-based version: composite score of 527; computer-based: 197

IELTS: 6.5

If the primary language of instruction for your undergraduate degree was English, you can request the requirement be waived in your SlideRoom application. Please provide a direct link to institutions website with details of the language of instruction. Applicants requesting a waiver will be contacted directly by the Office of Graduate Admissions regarding the decision.

Transcripts: Upload a certified English translation of your transcripts, along with the school’s official grading scale, so we can convert your grades and/or a cumulative Grade Point Average. Please also provide an English translated degree certificate, if available.

Passport: Submit a current scanned copy of your passport.

Important Dates

January 15: Priority Application Deadline 
To be considered for our highest scholarships

February 15: Application Deadline

March 15: Decision Notification
*For applications submitted and completed prior to and on the priority deadline.

Decisions will be provided in a timely manner for all other applications.

May 1: Enrollment Deposit Deadline
Enrollment Deposits can be made as soon as you make the decision to attend or by May 1st.