Graduate Admission Requirements
If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Office of Admissions:
New York School of Interior Design
Office of Admissions
170 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 472-1500 x205
All applicants to a graduate program must submit a completed graduate application for admission. When an application is submitted, the applicant will receive an email with log-in information for our web portal, enabling them to track their admissions status online.
2. Application Fee
A nonrefundable application fee of $60 for domestic students or $100 for international students must be submitted. This fee can be paid via credit card on the website or can be submitted via check to the admissions Office. Cash payments are not accepted.
Applicants must submit a typed personal statement, roughly one page in length, describing their educational and professional goals. This can be mailed to the Admissions Office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Résumés can be mailed to the Admissions Office or emailed to email@example.com.
5. Official College/University Transcripts
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution to be considered for any graduate program at NYSID. An official transcript from the degree-granting institution, as well as any other institutions attended after high school, are required.
- MFA-2, MPS in Interior Lighting Design, MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments: an undergraduate degree is required in interior design, architecture, or a closely related field.
- MPS in Healthcare Interior Design: an undergraduate degree is required in interior design, architecture or a closely related field. Applicants without a prior degree in design but with extensive healthcare industry experience are encouraged to apply; a detailed CV and references are required.
- MFA-1: an undergraduate degree is required. Students entering the MFA-1 program must submit transcripts indicating that they meet the Council for Interior Design Accreditation’s (CIDA) liberal arts requirement of 30 semester credit hours of diverse college-level liberal arts and science courses. Otherwise, they will be required to take additional courses at NYSID that comply with CIDA’s requirement.
International Transcripts: Applicants who have completed their degree - or any college credits - in a foreign country must submit an evaluation of their foreign transcripts by World Educational Service, or WES (www.wes.org).
The WES evaluation is required instead of any transcripts from outside of the United States, regardless of the language of instruction. The WES evaluation will translate the student’s academic credentials into English and convert their marks into the United States grading scale.
It is the student’s responsibility to provide all high school (secondary) and/or college (postsecondary) academic records to WES for a course-by-course credential evaluation. This is necessary to determine admissibility and to assess any possible transfer credits.
6. Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required from employers, professors, or others who are qualified to judge the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study. Recommendation letters must come directly from the recommender either via postal mail or email. Recommendation letters can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portfolio requirements differ depending on the program.
- MFA-2, MPS in Interior Lighting Design, MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments: applicants must submit a portfolio of a minimum of 15 pieces of design work. Applicants must demonstrate a professional level of design skill that, in the opinion of the graduate admissions committee, enables the applicant to successfully pursue advanced study.
- MPS in Healthcare Interior Design: applicants who have an undergraduate degree in interior design or a closely related field are required to submit. A portfolio matching the description cited above. Applicants who have a degree in an area other than a design related field will be considered without a portfolio.
- MFA-1: applicants have the option of applying with or without a portfolio. If a portfolio is submitted, it should consist of 10-15 pieces of fine art-based work that may include still life compositions, sculptures, landscapes, portraits, figure studies, and/or renderings of interior spaces. Drafting/technical drawings should be submitted if possible. MFA-1 applicants who do not have a portfolio are welcome to apply without one. If the applicant meets all other admission standards, they will be accepted pending completion of a two-week qualifying workshop offered in the summer session. This workshop is not offered prior to going through the application process. The qualifying workshop is not open to those applying to any program other than MFA-1.
Portfolios may be submitted via JPG or PDF images on a CD or USB Flash drive, or in prints or books. Portfolios cannot be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided.
Applicants who wish to submit their portfolio electronically should create a folder on www.DropBox.com and "send a link" to email@example.com (please do not "share" the folder). An email with images of portfolio work attached cannot be accepted.
8. Proof of English Proficiency
All applicants whose primary language is not English are required to show proof of their English proficiency. This proficiency can be shown in several ways:
- An official score on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum score is 79 on the internet-based test or 213 on the computer- based test. The NYSID TOEFL code is 9185.
- An official score of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score is 6.5.
- Completing an English composition course at an accredited college in a country where English is the primary language can be used to Show proficiency. The final grade in the English course must be a “C” or higher in the American grading scale. Remedial courses or courses taken in English as a second language (ESL) programs cannot be considered.
- Completing level 112 at an ELS language center and submitting an official certificate-of-completion.
International Student Requirements
NYSID is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.
In addition to the regular admissions requirements for graduate programs, international students must also submit an evaluation of foreign transcripts by World Educational Service (WES).
The WES evaluation is required of all applicants educated in countries outside the United States. The WES evaluation will translate the student’s academic credentials into English and convert their marks into the United States grading scale.
It is the student’s responsibility to provide all college (postsecondary) academic records to WES for a course-by-course credential evaluation. This is necessary to determine admissibility and to assess any possible transfer credits.
Please see International Student Requirements for further details.
Graduate Admission Policies
An application for admission cannot be reviewed until all above-mentioned items are received. The admissions committee reserves the right to request additional information.
Filing Dates and Notification
The priority date for applications for admission to a graduate program is February 1st. Applicants are notified of admission decisions by mail and on the NYSID Portal after March 1st. After that date, applications will be reviewed on a space- available basis.
Students accepted into a NYSID graduate program must pay a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $500 in order to secure their place in the program. Tuition deposits are processed in the order in which they are received until the program reaches capacity.
Acceptance to NYSID can be deferred one time, for up to one year. A request to defer can be noted on the declaration of intent form or submitted to the Admissions Office in writing.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The Graduate Record Examination is not required; however, students who have taken the examination should have the results forwarded to the college.
Transfer of Credits
No transfer credit is accepted for the MFA-2 or MPS programs.