Graduate Application Process

Admissions Contact Information
The University of the Arts' application for admission is available online only. Other application materials can be submitted to the Office of Admissions by mail, fax or e-mail. All application materials should be sent to the Office of Admissions, not to the program to which you are applying. Please be sure to include your full name on each item you submit. 

Mailing Address:
Office of Admissions - Graduate Division
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-9762

Phone Number:
215-717-6049
Toll-Free: 1-800-616-2787

Fax Number:
215-717-6045

E-mail Address:
admissions@uarts.edu

Notifications
For questions or concerns regarding your application, students should contact Michael Smith, associate director of Admissions, at msmith@uarts.edu or 215-717-6035. The Office of Admissions' front desk can be reached at admissions@uarts.edu, 215-717-6049 or 1-800-616-2787.

Application Deadlines

Summer Enrollment: MM in Music Education & MFA in Studio Art
Applications received and completed prior to January 1 for Summer enrollment will be reviewed for priority consideration. Applicants will be notified of the Admission Committee’s decision on or before March 15. Applications received after January 1 for Summer enrollment will be considered on a space available basis and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Fall Enrollment: MM in Jazz Studies, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Music Education, MA in Museum Education, MA in Museum Communication, MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking, MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning & Design, MDes in Design for Social Impact, MDes in Product Design, MA Art Education, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Visual Arts, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Crafts

Applications received and completed by January 15 will be notified of the admission decision on or before March 15. Applications received and completed after January 15 will be considered on a space-available basis and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Spring Enrollment: MA in Art Education, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Music Education, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Visual Art and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Crafts ONLY

Applications received and completed by November 1 will be notified of the admission decision on or before December 1. Applications received and completed after November 1 will be considered on a space available basis and reviewed on a rolling basis.  

Requirements for All Graduate Applications 

  • Completed graduate application form.
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $60.00, payable by MasterCard, Visa or American Express. University of the Arts graduates are exempt from the fee.
  • Official transcripts from each undergraduate or graduate school attended. Transcripts should be sent directly by the Registrar's Office at the college(s) or school(s) attended to the Office of Admissions. For transcripts from outside the United States, please refer to the instructions in the transcript section for international students.
  • Three letters of recommendation; one from each of the three people listed on the application. Two of these recommendations must come from professors in your field or professionals in this major area who are familiar with your capabilities and credentials.
  • A one to two–page statement of professional plans, interests and goals. 
  • GRE scores are encouraged, but not required, for all programs. To register for the GRE, go to Educational Testing Service at gre.org. We will accept both the old and new GRE. Official test scores must be sent by ETS to the University. The correct institution code to use when requesting scores is 2664. You do not need a departmental code.
  • All Art & Design programs requiring a portfolio and/or writing sample: Applicants should submit digital images, time-based media or writing samples for review online via uartsgrad.slideroom.com. Slideroom allows applicants to create an inventory of pieces and attach the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and notes. Applicants may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv) or .pdf documents. For good image quality and fast upload, images should be sized no larger than 1280 x 1280 px @ 72dpi. Video files must be kept under 20MB. Our Slide Room portal offers additional instructions for submitting work online.
  • Music programs requiring an audition: Select your desired  audition date on the application. The application must be received by the Office of Admission at least three weeks prior to the requested date. Please refer to the audition requirements specific to your major and instrument in the audition section of the document.
  • An interview either in person, by telephone or Skype is required with the chairperson or program director of the department to which you are applying. To schedule an appointment you should contact:

MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking: Cynthia Nourse Thompson
cythompson@uarts.edu or 215-717-6106

MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning & Design: Polly McKenna-Cress
pmckennacress@uarts.edu or 215-717-6328/6489

MA in Museum Education: Helen Shannon
hshannon@uarts.edu or 215-717-6051/6489

MA in Museum Communication: Joseph Gonzales
jgonzales@uarts.edu or 215-717-6640

MFA Low Residence Program in Studio Art: Cynthia Nourse Thompson
cythompson@uarts.edu or 215-717-6106

MDes in Design for Social Impact & MDes in Product Design: Jeremy Beaudry
jbeaudry@uarts.edu or 215-717-6256/6250

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Visual Arts: Rande Blank
rblank@uarts.edu or 215-717-6050

MA in Art Education: Teresa Unseld
tunseld@uarts.edu or 215-717-6483

MM in Music Education: Elizabeth Sokolowski
esokolowski@uarts.edu or 215-717-6354

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Music Education: Elizabeth Sokolowski
esokolowski@uarts.edu or 215-717-6354

MM in Jazz Studies: Don Glanden
wglanden@uarts.edu or 215-717-6353
Interview will take place at the audition

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Crafts: Rod McCormick
rmccormick@uarts.edu or 215-717-6100