Graduate Admissions

If you are getting ready to apply for admission to a graduate program at Harrington, the information on this page can help you figure out where to start depending on your background.

Application Process

The following items must be completed at the time of application:

  • Application for Admission
  • Signed Enrollment Agreement
  • Signed Student Disclosure
  • Payment of non-refundable application fee

Admissions Requirements for Master of Arts in Communication Design (MA)

Graduate Students who successfully meet the following requirements may be admitted to the Master of Arts in Communication Design program:

  • Graduates of a nationally or regionally accredited college or university are required to have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants without a calculated CPGA from their undergraduate institution must submit GRE scores. Applicants should submit an official copy of all transcripts used to confer the completion of their bachelor’s degree (including transfer credits and credits earned from community colleges).
  • Applicants with less than a 3.0 CPGA may submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores to improve their application. In addition, any other information that may support the applicants’ chances for acceptance should also be included. Please do not include original materials, such as original art or photography, as they will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Current resume including professional experience, educational history and extra-curricular activities. Letter of Intent stating the candidate’s academic intentions, (300–500 words in length), and explanations of past academic performance and/or extra-curricular activities may also be included. Applicants with less than a 3.0 CGPA must address past academic performance in their Letter of Intent.
  • Letter of Intent stating the candidate’s academic intentions, (300–500 words in length), and explanations of past academic performance and/or extra-curricular activities may also be included. Applicants with less than a 3.0 CGPA must address past academic performance in their Letter of Intent.
  • Three letters of reference from professionals (practitioners or educators) with first-hand knowledge of candidate’s past performance and potential for future academic endeavors and professional practice. Letters must be on a letter head, or accompanied with a business card, signed and sealed envelope with signature over the back flap of the envelope. The Letter must refer to the applicant by name and include contact information such as the name, phone number, and email address of person referring the applicant. Letters should NOT be mailed individually to the school; instead, applicants should collect all graduate materials to submit as a completed packet.
  • Applicants applying for admission should submit the above materials as one completed packet. This packet should include the applicants’ professional resume, letter of intent, letters of recommendation, and any other supporting documents. All official transcripts should be mailed directly to the campus including a student’s official Undergraduate Transcript and all transfer credits (if applicable).
  • Graduate students who native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency. Proficiency may be demonstrated by taking the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL); the minimum scores are 600 on the paper version, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the iBT. The Graduate Admissions Committee reserves the right to require further ESL course work from any student whose essay or interview reveals English language deficiencies.
  • Orientation: All graduate students will be required to attend an orientation before the start of the term. A successful portfolio review and a CGPA of 3.0 after the Foundation Sequence (24 credits) is necessary to move forward into the shared masters coursework.

Admissions Requirements for Master of Fine Arts in Communication Design (MFA)

Graduate Students who successfully meet the following requirements may be admitted to the Master of Fine Art in Communication Design program:

  • Students applying for the Master of Fine Arts in Communication Design (MFA) must graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Arts, Communication Design, or Visual Media.
  • Graduates of a nationally or regionally accredited college or university are required to have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants without a calculated CPGA from their undergraduate institution must submit GRE scores. Applicants should submit an official copy of all transcripts used to confer the completion of their bachelor’s degree (including transfer credits and credits earned from community colleges).
  • Applicants with less than a 3.0 CPGA may submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores to improve their application. In addition, any other information that may support the applicants’ chances for acceptance should also be included. Please do not include original materials, such as original art or photography, as they will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Current resume including professional experience, educational history and extra-curricular activities.
  • Letter of Design Philosophy outlining the candidate’s design philosophy and describing the role and responsibilities of the designer in the global community, (300–500 words in length). Explanations of past academic performance and/or extra-curricular activities may also be included. Applicants with less than a 3.0 CGPA must address past academic performance in their Letter of Design Philosophy.
  • Successful portfolio submission and review demonstrating the applicant’s preparation for graduate studio work. Additional qualifying undergraduate or graduate courses may be required in the case of deficiencies in the portfolio, or the student may be directed to complete the entire MACD first two semester sequence before beginning the MFA.
  • Three letters of reference from professionals (practitioners or educators) with first-hand knowledge of candidate’s past performance and potential for future academic endeavors and professional practice. Letters must be on a letter head, or accompanied with a business card, signed and sealed envelope with signature over the back flap of the envelope. The Letter must refer to the applicant by name and include contact information such as the name, phone number, and email address of person referring the applicant. Letters should NOT be mailed individually to the school; instead, applicants should collect all graduate materials to submit as a completed packet.
  • Applicants applying for admission should submit the above materials as one completed packet. This packet should include the applicants’ professional resume, letter of design philosophy, letters of recommendation, professional portfolio and any other supporting documents. All official transcripts should be mailed directly to the campus including a student’s official Undergraduate Transcript and all transfer credits (if applicable).
  • Successful completion of a personal interview with the Graduate Admissions Committee. All required Admissions documentations must be on file prior to the interview being scheduled.
  • Graduate students who native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency. Proficiency may be demonstrated by taking the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL); the minimum scores are: 600 on the paper version, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the iBT. The Graduate Admissions Committee reserves the right to require further ESL course work from any student whose essay or interview reveals English language deficiencies.
  • Orientation: All graduate students are required to attend mandatory orientation before the start of the term.

Admissions Requirements for Master of Arts in Interior Design (MAID)

Graduate Students who successfully meet the following requirements may be admitted to the Master of Arts in Interior Design Program:

  • Graduates of a nationally or regionally accredited college or university are required to have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants without a calculated CPGA from their undergraduate institution must submit GRE scores. Applicants should submit an official copy of all transcripts used to confer the completion of their bachelor’s degree (including transfer credits and credits earned from community colleges).
  • Applicants with less than a 3.0 CPGA may submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores to improve their application. In addition, any other information that may support the applicants’ chances for acceptance should also be included. Please do not include original materials, such as original art or photography, as they will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Current copy of applicant’s professional resume including extra-curricular activities.
  • Letter of Intent stating the candidate’s academic intentions, (300–500 words in length), and explanations of past academic performance and/or extra-curricular activities may also be included. Applicants with less than a 3.0 CGPA must address past academic performance in their Letter of Intent.
  • Three letters of reference from professionals (practitioners or educators) with first-hand knowledge of candidate’s past performance and potential for future academic endeavors and professional practice. Letters must be on a letter head, or accompanied with a business card, signed and sealed envelope with signature over the back flap of the envelope. The Letter must refer to the applicant by name and include contact information such as the name, phone number, and email address of person referring the applicant. Letters should NOT be mailed individually to the school; instead, applicants should collect all graduate materials to submit as a completed packet.
  • Applicants applying for admission should submit the above materials as one completed packet. This packet should include the applicants’ professional resume, letter of intent, letters of recommendation, and any other supporting documents. All official transcripts should be mailed directly to the campus including a student’s official Undergraduate Transcript and all transfer credits (if applicable).
  • Successful completion of a personal interview with the Graduate Admissions Committee. All required Admissions documentations must be on file prior to the interview being scheduled.
  • Graduate students whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency. Proficiency may be demonstrated by taking the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL); the minimum scores are: 600 on the paper version, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the iBT. The Graduate Admissions Committee reserves the right to require further ESL course work from any student whose essay or interview reveals English language deficiencies.
  • Orientation: All graduate students will be required to attend an orientation before the start of the term. Orientation is important to the prospective graduate student to ensure they understand the design industry.

Admissions Requirements for Master of Interior Design (MID)

Graduate Students who successfully meet the following requirements may be admitted to the Master of Interior Design Program:

  • Students applying for the Master of Interior Design (MID) must graduate with a CIDA Accredited Interior Design bachelor’s degree.
  • Graduates of a nationally or regionally accredited college or university are required to have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants without a calculated CPGA from their undergraduate institution must submit GRE scores. Applicants should submit an official copy of all transcripts used to confer the completion of their bachelor’s degree (including transfer credits and credits earned from community colleges).
  • Applicants with less than a 3.0 CPGA may submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores to improve their application. In addition, any other information that may support the applicants’ chances for acceptance should also be included. Please do not include original materials, such as original art or photography, as they will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Current copy of applicant’s professional resume including extra-curricular activities.
  • Letter of Design Philosophy outlining the candidate’s design philosophy and describing the role and responsibilities of the designer in the global community, (300–500 words in length). Explanations of past academic performance and/or extra-curricular activities may also be included. Applicants with less than a 3.0 CGPA must address past academic performance in their Letter of Design Philosophy.
  • Successful Portfolio submission and review demonstrating the applicant’s preparation for graduate studio work. Additional qualifying undergraduate or graduate courses may be required in the case of deficiencies in the portfolio, or the student may be directed to complete the entire two semester foundation sequence before beginning MID. Portfolio materials should be bound or collected in a booklet or holder. Materials should not exceed 11” x 17” in size. Quality reproductions are acceptable. Slide transparencies, web sites, CD’s or portable drives are not acceptable for the interview. Please do not include original materials, such as original art or photography, as they will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Three letters of reference from professionals (practitioners or educators) with first-hand knowledge of candidate’s past performance and potential for future academic endeavors and professional practice. Letters must be on a letter head, or accompanied with a business card, signed and sealed envelope with signature over the back flap of the envelope. The Letter must refer to the applicant by name and include contact information such as the name, phone number, and email address of person referring the applicant. Letters should NOT be mailed individually to the school; instead, applicants should collect all graduate materials to submit as a completed packet.
  • Applicants applying for admission should submit the above materials as one completed packet. This packet should include the applicants’ professional resume, letter of design philosophy, letters of recommendation, professional portfolio and any other supporting documents. All official transcripts should be mailed directly to the campus including a student’s official Undergraduate Transcript and all transfer credits (if applicable).
  • Successful completion of a personal interview with the Graduate Admissions Committee. All required Admissions documentations must be on file prior to the interview being scheduled.
  • Graduate students whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency. Proficiency may be demonstrated by taking the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL); the minimum scores are: 600 on the paper version, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the iBT. The Graduate Admissions Committee reserves the right to require further ESL course work from any student whose essay or interview reveals English language deficiencies.
  • Orientation: All graduate students will be required to attend an orientation before the start of the term. In addition all out of state and international students admitted to the graduate program will be required to participate in a one day seminar to help prepare them for the design industry experience.

Graduate Applicant Appeal Process

If a graduate applicant is denied acceptance and wishes to appeal, the applicant must submit a written request asking for an appeal of his/her denial into the programs. If the written appeal is accepted, a second interview will be scheduled. The interviewers will include at least one of the original interviewers, the Director of Academic Affairs or designee and the Department Chair. The applicant will receive a written response from the committee with the final decision.

If you have questions at any time, a Harrington Admissions Representative can provide assistance and help the process go smoothly, quickly and efficiently.