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, NY10021
212-472-1500, ext. 205


1. Application
To be considered for admission, please submit an application for admission. Once the application is received and processed, you will receive an e-mail with log-in information for the NYSID Portal so you can track your admission status.

2. Application Fee
You must submit a nonrefundable application fee of $60 for domestic students or $100 for international students. This fee can be paid via credit card on the website or submitted via check to the Admissions Office (see mailing address above). Cash payments are not accepted.

3. Essay
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 (see mailing address above) or emailed to admissions@nysid.edu.

4. 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 individual either via postal mail or email.  Recommendation letters can be emailed to admissions@nysid.edu.

5. Résumé
Résumés can be mailed to the Admissions Office (see mailing address above) or emailed to admissions@nysid.edu.

6. Official College/University Transcripts
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution to be considered for any graduate program at NYSID. Our graduate programs require bachelor’s degrees in different areas of study:

  • MFA-2, MPS in Lighting Design, MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments: a bachelor’s degree in interior design, architecture, or a closely related field is required.

  • MFA-1: a bachelor’s degree in an area outside of interior design or architecture is required.

Transcripts must be received directly from the school to count as official. Some schools have the ability to submit official transcripts electronically. The school can submit the transcripts to admissions@nysid.edu. If the school is submitting paper transcripts, they must be received by NYSID in a signed, sealed envelope. Visit the top of this page for our mailing address.

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 college (post-secondary) academic records to WES for a course-by-course credential evaluation. 

 7. Portfolio
Portfolio requirements differ depending on the program:

  • MFA-2 and MPS: 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.

  • MFA-1: applicants have the option of applying with or without a portfolio. If a portfolio is submitted, it should consist of fine-art based using a variety of media and may consist of still life compositions, sculptures, landscapes, portraits, figure studies, and/or renderings of interior spaces. Good use of color, proportion and perspective should be evident.

Applicants to the MFA-1 program who do not have a portfolio or whose portfolio does not meet admission guidelines will be required to complete a two-week workshop during the summer session if admitted. 

 To submit a portfolio online:

•    Visit www.DropBox.com 
•    Download your portfolio into a Dropbox folder
•    Hover your mouse over the folder with your portfolio
•    Click once on the ‘share’ button on the right
•    Select ‘create link’, then select ‘copy link’
•    Copy and paste link to e-mail and send to portfolios@nysid.edu (please do not "share" the folder).

Applicants who do not want to use Dropbox can submit their portfolio via PDF images on USB or in prints/books. Portfolios cannot be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided. Please do not send original artwork to NYSID, digital images of your work are preferred.

An email with attached images of portfolio work cannot be accepted.

8. Proof of English Proficiency
All applicants whose primary language is not English are required to show proof of 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 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score is 6.5.

  • Completing English composition course(s) at an accredited institution in a country where English is the primary language can be used to show proficiency. High School students can show one year of regular high school level English courses. College students can show one semester of regular college level English. The final grade in these courses 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. For more information please visit www.els.edu.

If the applicant submits multiple transcripts, test scores, etc. to prove English proficiency, the most recently completed course, test, etc. will be used as proof of current level of English proficiency.

Graduate Admission

Policies, Filing Dates and Notifications
An application for admission cannot be reviewed until all above-mentioned items are received.

The admissions committee reserves the right to request additional information at any point in the admissions process.

While applications are accepted on a rolling basis, it is recommended that all application materials are received by February 1st for the fall semester and October 1st for the spring semester. Students applying for admission after the recommended dates cannot be guaranteed full-time status.

Applicants are notified of the admission decisions by mail. Decisions are also posted on the NYSID Portal.

Enrollment Deposit
Students accepted into a NYSID graduate program must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $500 in order to secure their place in the program. Enrollment deposits are processed in the order in which they are received until the program reaches capacity.

Deferring Admission
Deferrals of enrollment are not commonly permitted at NYSID. Requests are reviewed by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis and granted only for very compelling reasons, not to include occupational or financial circumstances. In order to request a deferral, students must submit a deferral form to the Admissions Office and have submitted their nonrefundable enrollment deposit. If granted, acceptance to NYSID can be deferred only one time, only to the next program start date. No deferrals will be granted once classes begin.

Matriculated students who leave NYSID for a year or more are required to apply for readmission. Readmitted students must satisfy all degree requirements current at the time of readmission. Students who have attended other schools during their absence from NYSID must submit official transcripts.

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.