Academic Catalog 2022-2023

General Credentials

General Credentials


APPLICATION FORMS

Graduate applicants are required to apply online at our Apply Page. Please use your full legal name on all documents. Preferred names and nicknames have their own designated fields and should be included where noted.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

The online application (hosted by CollegeNET) as well as application requirements may be found at Apply Page. Please note: Pratt’s application enables applicants to request recommendation letters and upload transcript(s) online. Writing samples, for those departments that require them, will be uploaded on the application. Visual portfolios are submitted at pratt.slideroom.com. Candidates for graduate admission must submit the following:

  1.  Online graduate application with nonrefundable $50 application fee at the online application. (International students must pay a $90 application fee.) Graduate students are required to apply online.
  2. Transcripts: a scan of your official, course-by-course transcripts should be uploaded when you complete your online application. Request an official copy from your school, either digitally or physically, scan it, and upload it. Transcripts from all institutions attended after secondary school must be included, including non-degree or incomplete study. Transcripts must include all of the following:
    • Your name
    • School name
    • All courses attended and respective grades
    • Dates of attendance
    • Degree name, if applicable (or a degree certificate can be included)
    • Any transfer work completed with letter grades

Although we prefer to receive them online as they will immediately be recorded as received in our checklist system, you may alternatively mail them to Pratt Institute at the address below. We ask that you use an official copy to ensure it includes all required information. However, once handled by the applicant, transcripts uploaded to the application are considered unofficial. If you are accepted and decide to enroll, you must then submit your final official transcripts in an official manner—directly from your school (digitally or physically) to Pratt Graduate Admissions. Do not mail any irreplaceable documents, such as a one-of-a-kind diploma, as they become property of Pratt Institute and will not be returned to the student. 

3.Translations

  • All international transcripts must be translated into English by a certified translation service if a translation is not provided by the school. 
  • Both the original document and the English translated version must be submitted with your application. 

4.Credential Evaluations:

Pratt reserves the right to require a credential evaluation at any time during the admissions process. If required you must submit a course-by-course evaluation. 

Credential evaluations are required for the following circumstances:

  • Three-year bachelor’s degrees from countries other than the United States. Note: credential evaluations will not be required for 3-year bachelor’s degrees from schools operating under the Bologna process
  • Schools whose educational system differs from the U.S. educational system. 
  • Transcripts that are difficult to decipher.

Earning multiple degrees, diplomas, or certificates does not guarantee equivalency and you may be required to submit a credential evaluation. 

If you are currently enrolled in a 3-year degree program outside of the Bologna process, you must wait until you have completed your degree before obtaining a credential evaluation or submitting your application. We are not able to determine eligibility based on in-progress 3-year degrees.

OBTAIN AND SUBMIT YOUR CREDENTIAL EVALUATION:

  • Credential evaluations must be in English. 
  • You must arrange with the evaluation service to have your official evaluation made available to Pratt Institute.
  • Options for evaluation services include SpanTran for Pratt,  WESECEA2Z Evaluations,  IEE or any reputable education evaluation service, e.g. your embassy or another NACES member (www.naces.org/members). 

If you are unsure if you need a credential evaluation, please email your most up-to-date transcript to admissions@pratt.edu and we will advise you. Transcripts must be translated to English.

5. Supporting documents: The following documents should be submitted electronically on the online application site at our Apply page. Please include the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation from employers, professors, or others able to judge your potential for graduate study in the specific program to which you are applying. Recommendation letters are submitted online. See Apply. If your references prefer not to submit online, please ask them to seal their letter in an envelope, sign across the flap, and mail their references to

Pratt Institute
Office of Graduate Admissions
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205


Make sure to contact your references and request a recommendation letter from them. Let them know the process is online.

  • Additional writing sample (required by Urban and Community Planning, Urban Placemaking and Management, Sustainable Environmental Systems, Historic Preservation, Media Studies, History of Art and Design, Writing, and Performance and Performance Studies [not accepting applications for Fall 2023]) may be uploaded at the application site.
  • Résumés should be uploaded to the application site.

Statement of purpose, which must be no more than 500 words, should be uploaded to the application site. Please check departmental requirements for specific guidance on this document, otherwise it should state your long-range goals, interest in chosen discipline and reason for applying to the programs.
6. TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS score for international applicants whose native language is not English. Check under “Departmental Requirements” for language minimums specific to your program. Please make sure that you register for a test that will enable you to submit your scores by the application deadline. It generally takes two or four weeks to receive the scores. The Pratt Institute code for TOEFL is 2669. Check www.toefl.org for information on testing sites. Scores are valid for one year up to the priority deadline of January 5 for each season.

7. Portfolio: Check under “Department Requirements” for the portfolio requirements for your specific program.

MAILING DOCUMENTS

If you are unable to upload your documents, submit them in one envelope, if possible, and mail to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

admissions@pratt.edu
Tel: 718.636.3514 or toll free 800.331.0834
Fax: 718.399.4242

If you plan to send your documents by messenger, please do so before December 24 or after January 2. Pratt closes for winter break during that time.

We strongly suggest making photocopies of all mailed forms for your own records. Please include your full legal name on the application and on all documents, and not nicknames or middle names, so that we are able to match TOEFL scores, transcripts, etc. with your application.

DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS

Graduate programs have different professional requirements. See the following section for specific program requirements.

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

Architecture First-Professional M.  Arch (STEM)

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree from an institution in the US that is accredited by a recognized regional association or have been awarded the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from an international institution of acceptable standards. Applicants must present a portfolio providing evidence of their interest in architecture or their visual sensibility through the media of their choice—photography, drawing, essays, videos, etc. Portfolios must be submitted online at pratt.slideroom.com. The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 550, IELTS of 6.5 or PTE of 53 is required for international students.

Advanced Standing

Architecture First-Professional MArch (STEM)

Please note that Advanced Standing is not a guarantee based solely on an applicant’s undergraduate architecture degree. Admission to the 2-year advanced standing track is highly competitive, based on selection of candidates made by the Architecture Department’s admissions committee and the Chairperson of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design.

  • Advanced standing is awarded to select applicants with exemplary design capabilities and who have taken studios, structures, and media-based classes equivalent to those offered in year one of the program’s curriculum.
  • Applicants requesting Advanced Standing should have received a bachelor's degree in architecture equivalent to a Bachelor of Science.
  • Eligible applicants must request consideration for Advanced standing in their Statement of Purpose submitted with their application. The statement should be no more than 500 words.
  • Interviews may be scheduled for students requesting advanced standing on campus, off-campus, by Zoom, or by phone.
  • Not all eligible candidates will be awarded Advanced Standing.

You may contact the Architecture Department’s Associate Manager of Admissions, Erin Murphy, emurphy5@pratt.edu if you have further questions about the advanced standing 2-year track. Portfolios must be submitted online at pratt.slideroom.com. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 550, IELTS of 6.5, or PTE of 53 is required for international students. 

Expedited Application for Pratt students to the M. Arch

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Architecture MS Post-Professional (STEM)

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

This program is three semesters long, beginning in fall and ending in summer. Applicants must have earned a bachelor of architecture (five-year BArch) from an accredited school of architecture or the international equivalent. Applications will be accepted after the deadline of January 5 only if there is room. A digital portfolio should be submitted at pratt.slideroom.com. The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 550, IELTS of 6.5, or PTE of 53 is required for international students.

Expedited Application for Pratt students to the Architecture M.S.

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Urban Design MS Post-Professional (STEM)

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

This program is three semesters long, beginning in fall and ending in summer. Applicants must have earned a bachelor of architecture (five-year BArch) from an accredited school of architecture or the international equivalent. Applications will be accepted after the deadline of January 5 only if there is room. A digital portfolio should be submitted at pratt.slideroom.com. The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 550, IELTS of 6.5 or PTE of 53 is required for international students.

Expedited Application for Pratt students to the Urban Design M.S.

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Masters in Landscape Architecture M.L.A.

(FALL AND SPRING ENTRANCE), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

The MLA is three years in duration. Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree from an institution in the U.S. that is accredited by a recognized regional association or have been awarded the equivalent of the bachelor's degree from an international institution of acceptable standards. Applicants with work experience and professional degrees in architecture, planning, environmental studies, landscape architecture, design, botany, biology, engineering, etc, are encouraged. Applicants must present a portfolio providing evidence of their interest in landscape architecture or their visual sensibility through the media of their choice—photography, drawing, essays, videos, etc. Portfolios must be submitted on-line at pratt.slideroom.comThe GRE is not required. The statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. Two letters of recommendation are required. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 550, IELTS of 6.5, or PTE of 53 is required for international students.

Expedited Application for Pratt students to the MLA

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Historic Preservation MS

(FALL AND SPRING ENTRANCE), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants are welcome from all fields of study. Applicants should have received their bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the US or the equivalent from an international institution of acceptable standards. Applications will be accepted after the deadline until the program is full. Applicants must submit, in addition to the general application requirements:

  1. a résumé and

  2. an extended piece of writing to support their application for advance study.

The writing sample may be a term paper or report done for work depending on the applicant’s background and is not required to be related to historic preservation. Applicants may also submit additional material that they feel contributes to their application, such as a work sample or portfolio. The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. The GRE or GMAT is not required or considered. All documents, except a visual portfolio, should be uploaded to the application. Visual portfolios should be submitted at pratt.slideroom.com. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 550, IELTS of 6.5, or PTE of 53 is required for international students.

Expedited Application for Pratt students to the Historic Preservation M.S.

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Urban and Community Planning MS

(FALL AND SPRING ENTRANCE), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants are welcome from all fields of study. Applicants should have received their bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the US or the equivalent from an international institution of acceptable standards. Applications will be accepted after the deadline until the program is full. A TOEFL of 85 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 563, IELTS of 6.5 or PTE of 57 is required for international students. Applicants must submit, in addition to the general application requirements:

  1. a résumé and

  2. an extended piece of writing to support their application for advance study.

The writing sample may be a term paper or report done for work depending on the applicant’s background and is not required to be related to planning. Applicants may also submit additional material that they feel contributes to their application, such as a work sample or portfolio. The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. The GRE or GMAT is not required or considered. All documents, except a visual portfolio, should be uploaded to the application. Visual portfolios should be submitted at pratt.slideroom.com.

Expedited Application for Pratt students to the City and Regional Planning M.S.

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Sustainable Environmental Systems MS (STEM)

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants are welcome from all fields of study. Applicants should have received their bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the US or the equivalent from an international institution of acceptable standards. Applications will be accepted after the deadline until the program is full. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 550,  IELTS of 6.5 or PTE of 53 is required for international students. Applicants must submit, in addition to the general application requirements:

  1. a résumé

  2. an extended piece of writing, such as a term paper or work report

The writing sample may be a term paper or report done for work depending on the applicant’s background and should indicate an interest in or awareness of issues to be addressed in this program. Applicants may also submit additional material that they feel contributes to their application, such as a work sample or portfolio. The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. The GRE or GMAT is not required or considered. Applications will be accepted after the deadline if there is room. All documents, except a visual portfolio, should be uploaded to the application. Visual portfolios should be submitted at pratt.slideroom.com.

Expedited Application for Pratt students to the Sustainable Environmental Systems M.S.

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Urban Placemaking and Management MS

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants are welcome from all fields of study. Applicants should have received their bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the US or the equivalent from an international institution of acceptable standards. Applications will be accepted after the deadline until the program is full. A TOEFL of 85 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 563, IELTS of 6.5 or PTE of 57 is required for international students. Applicants must submit, in addition to the general application requirements:

  1. a résumé and

  2. an extended piece of writing to support their application for advanced study.

The writing sample may be a term paper or a report done for work, depending on the applicant’s background, and is not required to be related to placemaking. The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. The GRE or GMAT is not required or considered. All documents should be uploaded to the application.

Expedited Application for Pratt students to the Urban Placemaking and Management M.S.

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Facilities Management MS (STEM)

(FALL AND SPRING ENTRANCE), MANHATTAN CAMPUS

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in architecture, construction management, engineering, business, or interior design. Applicants in other fields are eligible but may be required to take noncredit courses in building technology unless they have acquired equivalent knowledge through nonacademic experience. The GRE or GMAT is optional; neither is required. Applications will be accepted after the deadline if there is room. A resume is required. The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 550, IELTS of 6.5 or PTE of 53 is required for international students.

Expedited Application for Pratt students to the Facilities Management M.S.

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Real Estate Practice MS

(FALL AND SPRING ENTRANCE), MANHATTAN CAMPUS

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in business, political science, urban planning, architecture, construction management, engineering, or interior design. Applicants in other fields are eligible but may be required to take noncredit courses in building technology unless they have acquired equivalent knowledge through nonacademic experience. Applications will be accepted after the deadline until the program is full. Applicants must submit, in addition to the general application requirements, a statement of purpose outlining their professional interest in real estate and community development. The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A resume is required. The GRE or GMAT is optional; neither is required. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 550, IELTS of 6.5 or PTE of 53 is required for international students.

Expedited Application for Pratt students to the Real Estate Practice M.S.

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

SCHOOL OF ART
Fine Arts MFA

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college, university or art/design school or the equivalent degree from a recognized international institution. It is not required that applicants have majored in studio art as undergraduates, only that they demonstrate their readiness for the challenges of M.F.A. studies. The 60-credit MFA program in Fine Arts comprises four consecutive 15-week fall/spring semesters and begins in the fall. We welcome visits to Pratt at any time. Interested applicants (or potential applicants) should contact fa@pratt.edu to schedule an appointment (tel. 718.636.3792, or see our virtual tour.

In addition to Pratt’s general graduate admissions requirements, applicants to the Fine Arts M.F.A. program must upload the following materials to pratt.slideroom.com:

1) a portfolio of up to 20 well-selected images (including detail views) of works made in the last 2-3 years; and

2) information for each image including the work’s title, dimensions, materials used, and date of completion. The department prefers image file types rather than PDFs.

The Graduate Admissions Committee is looking for work that shows the artist’s conceptual and aesthetic direction as well as the potential for successful growth over the two years of the program. Candidates whose applications are completed and submitted by the January 5 deadline will be given priority consideration for merit scholarships. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 550, IELTS of 6.5, or PTE of 53 is required for international students.

Photography MFA

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants for admission to the MFA degree program in Photography must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college, university, art/design school, or the equivalent degree from a recognized international institution. It is not required that applicants have majored in studio art as undergraduates, only that they demonstrate their readiness for the challenges of MFA studies. The 60-credit MFA program in Photography comprises four consecutive 15-week fall/spring semesters and begins in the fall. Interested applicants should contact Anna Collette, Program Liaison, at gradphoto@pratt.edu to schedule an appointment to tour the facilities and studios.  In addition to Pratt’s general graduate admissions requirements, applicants to the Photography MFA program must upload the following materials to pratt.slideroom.com:

  1. A portfolio of up to 20 well-selected images (including detail views) of works made in the last 2-3 years

  2. Information for each image, including the work’s title, dimensions, materials used, and date of completion

The Graduate Admissions Committee is looking for work that shows the artist’s conceptual and aesthetic direction as well as the potential for successful growth over the two years of the program. Candidates whose applications are completed and submitted by the January 5 deadline will be given priority consideration for merit scholarships. The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 550, IELTS of 6.5 or PTE of 53 is required for international students.

Digital Arts - Animation and Motion Arts MFA (STEM)

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants must have a bachelors degree from an accredited United States college, university, or art/design school or the equivalent degree from a recognized international institution or considerable background in the digital arts. Successful applicants will submit a strong visual portfolio demonstrating a conceptual and aesthetic focus in art and animation. No reviews are done in person, but applicants are encouraged to arrange a visit to the department by calling 718.636.3411. Applicants must submit 12-15 pieces of work in traditional or digital media made in the last two to three years at pratt.slideroom.com. The Graduate Admissions Review Committee is interested in work that reflects creativity, technical facility, and the conceptual skills to develop a sophisticated body of work. The statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 550, IELTS of 6.5 or PTE of 53 is required for international students. 

Digital Arts - Interactive Arts MFA (STEM)

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants must have a bachelors degree from an accredited United States college, university, or art/design school or the equivalent degree from a recognized international institution or considerable background in the digital arts. Successful applicants will submit a strong visual portfolio demonstrating a conceptual and aesthetic focus in interactive and digital arts. No reviews are done in person, but applicants are encouraged to arrange a visit to the department by calling 718.636.3411. Applicants must submit 12-15 pieces of work in traditional or digital media made in the last two to three years at pratt.slideroom.com. The Graduate Admissions Review Committee is interested in work that reflects creativity, technical facility, and the conceptual skills to develop a sophisticated body of work. The statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 550, IELTS of 6.5 or PTE of 53 is required for international students. 

Art Therapy and Creativity Development MPS

(FALL ENTRANCE FOR ACADEMIC-YEAR PROGRAM AND SPRING ENTRANCE FOR LOW-RESIDENCY PROGRAM), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, preferably in studio art or psychology. Applicants must have 18 undergraduate credits in studio art, to include course work in drawing, painting, and 3-D media. Non-academic studio art may be accepted upon evaluation. A portfolio of twelve to fifteen digital images (submit online at pratt.slideroom.com) is required of all applicants. Additionally, 12 credits in psychology are required, to include course work in Abnormal and Developmental Psychology. Applicants are contacted for an interview when all credentials have been received. The statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 100 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 600, IELTS of 7.5, or PTE of 68 is required for international students. The GMAT and GRE are not required.

Expedited Application for the Art Therapy and Creativity Development MPS

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Dance/Movement Therapy MS

(FALL ENTRANCE FOR ACADEMIC-YEAR PROGRAM AND SPRING ENTRANCE FOR LOW-RESIDENCY PROGRAM), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, preferably in dance or psychology. Prerequisites are 6 credits in psychology to include Abnormal and Developmental Psychology, plus 1 credit in Anatomy/Kinesiology. Students must also have extensive experience in at least two idioms of dance, one of which must be modern dance. Students must have experience in body/mind modalities, such as meditation, yoga, and body therapy. A personal interview will be required, part of which will include movement. The statement of purpose should be no more than two pages. A TOEFL of 100 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 600, IELTS of 7.5, or PTE of 68 is required for international students.

Expedited Application for the Dance Therapy MS

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Arts and Cultural Management MPS

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), MANHATTAN CAMPUS

Applicants must demonstrate experience and interest in applying the arts to shape our shared world. The program can enable Pratt graduates to take their next career step. It provides skills critical to success in the workplace and necessary to shaping the future of our world. Participants will get the strategic leadership skills necessary to manage, market, innovate, resource and run creative enterprise and to use the arts to connect culture, community and commerce. The required statement of purpose should reflect the applicant's personal vision of how this program fits in with their personal and professional goals, and how the applicant hopes to use the skills they acquire in this program. The statement should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 82 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 553, IELTS of 6.5 or a PTE of 53 is required for international students. The GRE or GMAT is not required or considered.

Expedited Application for the Arts and Cultural Management MPS

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Design Management MPS

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), MANHATTAN CAMPUS

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an international institution of acceptable standards. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in one of the design disciplines, or another discipline with an interest in working in creative enterprise. Applicants must demonstrate experience or an interest in applying design to shaping our shared world. The program provides the strategic leadership skills to enable participants to manage, market, innovate, resource and run creative enterprise and shape sustainable strategic advantage for their firms. The required statement of purpose should reflect the applicant's personal vision of how this program fits in with his/her personal and professional goals including how the applicant hopes to use the skills he/she acquires in this program. The statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A resume is also required. The GRE or GMAT is not required or considered. A TOEFL of 82 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 553, IELTS of 6.5, Duolingo of 105, or a PTE of 53 is required for international students. 

Expedited Application for the Design Management MPS

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Art and Design Education MA

(INITIAL TEACHING CERTIFICATION)

(fall entrance only), Brooklyn Campus

A 33-credit program open to individuals with a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, with a minimum of 25 credit hours in art, design, and/or the history of art from an accredited higher education institution, or the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from an international institution of acceptable standards. 

Art and Design Education Advanced Certificate

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

A 24-credit program open to individuals with an MFA degree or those currently enrolled in the MFA program at Pratt.

All applicants to either art and design education program must submit a portfolio of 15 images of work, including one drawing from observation (submit online at pratt.slideroom.com). All work on slideroom should be labelled: Title/Untitled, size, materials, date, “an assignment” or “work produced independently”. The graduate admissions committee uses standard rubrics to assess the portfolio and written statement of purpose. The statement of purpose should be uploaded to the application, and should include the following:

  1. Artists Statement of 250 words

  2. Statement of Intent that responds to the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in the field of art and design education K-12? (100 words minimum)
  • If you have experience working with children or adults, please describe it. (100 words minimum)
  • Describe what you imagine doing and where you imagine working in 5 year’s time. (50 words minimum)

If applicable, please address the following additional prompts:

  • If your undergraduate credits are predominantly non-studio credits (i.e. art history/theory), please describe your relationship to studio-based making. (50 words minimum)
  • If you consider yourself a career changer, please describe your professional experience. (50 words minimum)

Applicants are contacted for a Zoom interview when all credentials have been received and reviewed. A TOEFL of 100 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 600, IELTS of 7.5, or PTE of 68 is required for international students. All applicants are encouraged to schedule a virtual visit to the department by calling 718.636.3637 or emailing awilson2@pratt.edu

Note: New York State has eliminated the GRE requirement for admission to graduate education programs entirely, which takes effect immediately. This information has been updated as of November 19, 2021 and applies to the Fall 2022 application season and beyond.

The Art and Design education programs are New York State Education Department (NYSED) “approved teacher preparation programs” and meet the new requirements for New York State Initial Teacher Certification in Visual Arts PreK-12. However, in order to be recommended for New York State Initial Certification in Visual Arts PreK-12, candidates must also have completed the following workshops: Child Abuse Identification Workshop; School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop; and DASA: Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention. These workshops must be taken with a provider approved by NYSED. Passing scores on the following tests and assessments, Educating all Students (EAS); Content Specialty Test (CST) and Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), are also required.

Expedited Application for the Art and Design Education MA and Advanced Certificate

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to these programs. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

SCHOOL OF DESIGN

Industrial Design MID

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants for the Masters of Industrial Design program should submit a portfolio online at pratt.slideroom.com including both text (descriptions, problem statement, etc.) and images (from development sketches to finished work). The portfolio must contain examples of drawings as a communication tool, three-dimensional objects, and a basic understanding of graphic design, executed through presentation and layout. It is recommended that the portfolio show both the process and execution of a project, along with problem solving and research is recommended. Please include any additional materials that tell the story of who you are as a creative person. The M.I.D. admissions committee recommends that portfolios are submitted in one of two methods: 1) as a multi-page PDF document or 2) as multiple, single-page PDFs or JPG (image) files. This will allow the admissions committee to review applications more efficiently while ensuring that no content is overlooked. The M.I.D. program is highly collaborative and includes students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Therefore, the statement of purpose is your opportunity to discuss aspects of your personal character and background that would contribute to and benefit from a collaborative learning environment and should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 85 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 563, IELTS of 6.5, or PTE of 57 is required for international students.

Once enrolled, M.I.D. students can choose the exciting option of spending their second or third semester abroad for full credit. The Global Innovation Design program (GID) offers students the opportunity to spend the spring semester at KEIO University in Tokyo or the fall semester at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and Imperial College in London. Applicants are expected to indicate their interest in GID at the time of entering the industrial design program, but only commit to participating in the GID track once already enrolled at Pratt. Please be sure to include a statement about your goals and aspirations for international study at GID in your statement of purpose.

Expedited Application for the Industrial Design MID

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Interior Design MFA

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in interior design, architecture, or other closely related design fields may be eligible to complete the M.F.A. in two years, a total of 60 credits. A portfolio of academic and/or professional work is required, and the content should align with the applicant’s transcript.

Applicants with undergraduate backgrounds that are unrelated to interior design or architecture, but whose applications indicate a strong aptitude for interior design graduate coursework are required to take a 24 credit Core Year of preparatory study, prior to continuing the M.F.A degree. These students complete 84 credits in three years. Although skills related to the major are not required, we require that all applicants submit a portfolio and/or materials that best represent their skills and knowledge related to their own background, experience and interests. This might seem more familiar to applicants with backgrounds in Design and Fine Arts. Applicants with backgrounds in other fields should consider submitting writing samples, research or analysis, that illustrates the applicant's process, rigor and methodologies. Applicants are also encouraged to include materials such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film, etc., even if it is not related to their background.

The required statement must include how the applicant’s background can inform, and has prepared them for the field of study in interior design, specifically at Pratt Institute (it should not exceed 500 words).

Portfolio and/or materials must be submitted through pratt.slideroom.com. Please note SlideRoom accepts the following file types: Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each), PDFs (up to 10MB each) and 3D Models. Clarity on the applicant's role and scope of work is important if group projects are included. The department recommends that portfolios include research and process, along with physical models and hand drawings.

A TOEFL of 88 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 570, IELTS of 7.0, or PTE of 59 is required for international students. 

The department may contact applicants during the application review process for clarification purposes in regard the applicant’s program placement. The department does not schedule interviews, but applicants are encouraged to arrange a visit by calling 718.636.3630. 

Expedited Application for the Interior Design MFA

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Communications Design MFA

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

We seek applicants who are highly motivated critical thinkers that can flourish in self-directed practice. We place great value on epistemic curiosity and the desire to experiment with a variety of technologies, forms, and techniques. Applicants must be able to work on multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, and energetically persist through challenges and difficulties in their research and design making. We do not require an undergraduate degree in design, in fact, we welcome applicants from diverse undergraduate studies who indicate a strong disposition toward advanced study in design. All applicants must submit a portfolio of work to be reviewed by an Admissions Committee composed of faculty. The portfolio must include 

  1. A visual response to the prompt: "What is a line, and what can it do?" We do not expect a polished submission but one that can be generated in a few hours of work.

  2. Minimum of 7 no more than 10 examples of creative work including the visual response. This work may consist of visual explorations, design, research, and/or professional work and other relevant projects that demonstrate your interest and aptitude in communications design. Work included in the portfolio may be course assignments done in an undergraduate or graduate program, self-generated, or professional projects. 

The applicant's portfolio should demonstrate creative potential and provide enough information about you to determine whether or not this program is appropriate for you. Up to six credits of qualifying courses may be required for applicants who do not meet all entrance standards but whose applications indicate a strong aptitude for graduate study. Submit a portfolio online at pratt.slideroom.com

All applicants must submit a statement of purpose which should be no more than two pages. In the text, you must discuss which of the program's Learning Outcomes (found on this page)  resonates the most with you and how you imagine you might address it in your design praxis.

A TOEFL of 85 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 563, IELTS of 6.5 or PTE of 57 is required for international students.

Expedited Application for the Communications Design MFA

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Packaging, Identities, and Systems Design MS

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

We seek applicants who are highly motivated critical thinkers that can flourish in self-directed practice. We place value on epistemic curiosity and the desire to experiment with a variety of materials, technologies, forms, and techniques. Applicants must be able to work on multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, and energetically persist through challenges and difficulties in their research and design making. We do not require an undergraduate degree in design, in fact, we welcome applicants from diverse undergraduate studies who indicate a strong disposition toward advanced study in design. All applicants must submit a portfolio of work to be reviewed by an Admissions Committee composed of faculty. The portfolio must include: 

  1. A visual response to the prompt: “What ‘caring for an object’ means to you?” We do not expect a polished submission but one that can be generated in a few hours of work.

  2. Minimum of 7 no more than 10 examples of creative work including the visual response. This work may consist of visual explorations, design, research, and/or professional work and other relevant projects that demonstrate your interest and aptitude in design. Work included in the portfolio may be course assignments done in an undergraduate or graduate program, self-generated, or professional projects. 

The applicant's portfolio should demonstrate creative potential and provide enough information about you to determine whether or not this program is appropriate for you. Up to six credits of qualifying courses may be required for applicants who do not meet all entrance standards but whose applications indicate a strong aptitude for graduate study. Submit a portfolio online at pratt.slideroom.com

All applicants must submit a statement of purpose which should be no more than two pages. In the text, you must discuss which of  the program's Learning Outcomes (found on this page) resonates the most with you and how you imagine you might address it in your design praxis.

A TOEFL of 85 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 563, IELTS of 6.5 or PTE of 57 is required for international students.

Expedited Application for the Package Design MS

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

SCHOOL OF INFORMATION

Library and Information Science MS

(FALL AND SPRING ENTRANCE), MANHATTAN CAMPUS

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. The applicant must have a superior scholastic record or otherwise give evidence of ability to perform work on the graduate level. Applicants are expected to offer evidence of maturity and leadership potential for the profession. All applicants must apply using the online application and include:

  • transcripts of all previous postsecondary education;

  • a statement of purpose describing interest in the program and personal goals;

  • a current résumé/CV; and

  • two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.

An in-person or telephone interview may be required. Applicants will be contacted by the School of Information if an interview is deemed necessary.

The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 82 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 553, IELTS of 6.5 or a PTE of 53 is required for international students. Students who are not international but whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.

Expedited Application for the Library and Information Science MS

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Museums and Digital Culture MS

(FALL AND SPRING ENTRANCE), MANHATTAN CAMPUS

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. The applicant must have a superior scholastic record or otherwise give evidence of ability to perform work on the graduate level. Applicants are expected to offer evidence of maturity and leadership potential for the profession. All applicants must apply using the online application and include:

  • transcripts of all previous postsecondary education;

  • a statement of purpose describing interest in the; program and personal goals;

  • a current résumé/CV; and

  • two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.

An in-person or telephone interview may be required. Applicants will be contacted by the School of Information if an interview is deemed necessary.

The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 82 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 553, IELTS of 6.5 or a PTE of 53 is required for international students. Students who are not international but whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.

Expedited Application for the Museums and Digital Culture MS

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Data Analytics and Visualization MS (STEM)

(FALL AND SPRING ENTRANCE), MANHATTAN CAMPUS

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. The applicant must have a superior scholastic record or otherwise give evidence of ability to perform work on the graduate level. Applicants are expected to offer evidence of maturity and leadership potential for the profession. All applicants must apply using the online application and include:

  • transcripts of all previous postsecondary education;

  • a statement of purpose describing interest in the program and personal goals;

  • a current résumé/CV; and

  • two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.

An in-person or telephone interview may be required. Applicants will be contacted by the School of Information if an interview is deemed necessary.

The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 82 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 553, IELTS of 6.5 or a PTE of 53 is required for international students. Students who are not international but whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

Expedited Application for the Data Analytics and Visualization MS

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Information Experience Design MS (STEM)

(FALL AND SPRING ENTRANCE), MANHATTAN CAMPUS

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. The applicant must have a superior scholastic record or otherwise give evidence of ability to perform work on the graduate level. Applicants are expected to offer evidence of maturity and leadership potential for the profession. All applicants must apply using the online application and include:

  • transcripts of all previous postsecondary education;

  • a statement of purpose describing interest in the program and personal goals;

  • a current résumé/CV; and

  • two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.

Optional: You may also include additional materials to demonstrate your skills and/or interests, which may take the form of an online portfolio, academic research paper, analytical report or presentation, or other relevant work sample. Optional portfolios should be uploaded to pratt.slideroom.com.

An in-person or telephone interview may be required. Applicants will be contacted by the School of Information if an interview is deemed necessary.

The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL score of 82 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 553, IELTS of 6.5 or a PTE of 53 is required for international students. Students who are not international but whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.

Expedited Application for the Information Experience Design MS

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Library and Information Science Advanced Certificates

(FALL AND SPRING ENTRANCE), MANHATTAN CAMPUS

See specific requirements here. A TOEFL score of 82 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 553, IELTS of 6.5 or a PTE of 53 is required for international students.

SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

Media Studies MA

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants must submit

  1. a statement of purpose in which they describe their interest in the program, any relevant past coursework or professional activity, and future professional goals, and

  2. 10–20 pages of relevant writing sample(s), with emphasis on critical analysis.

The statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 100 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 600, IELTS of 7.5 or PTE of 68 is required for international students.

Expedited Application for the Media Studies MA

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Writing MFA

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Candidates submit:

  1. a statement of purpose in which they describe how their writing interests align with the vision of the program;

  2. 10-20 pages of relevant writing samples of any genre but with an emphasis on creative work and/or writing that exists in relation to translation, theory, activism, performance, and visual art;

  3. transcripts from all postsecondary institutions; and

  4. two letters of recommendation.

The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 100 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 600, IELTS of 7.5 or PTE of 68 is required for international students. All applicants must follow the standard admissions process for graduate programs at Pratt.

Expedited Application for the Writing MFA

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

History of Art and Design MA

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Undergraduate study in art and/or design history is encouraged, and at least an introduction to those fields should be included in the completed undergraduate curriculum. Application requirements include a personal statement of no more than 500 words, a research paper (5–10 pages), recently earned scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE code 2669), and two recommendation letters. A TOEFL of 100 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 600, IELTS of 7.5 or PTE of 68 is required for international students. An in-person or online interview may be required.

Expedited Application for the History of Art and Design MA

Pratt students are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.

Design History Advanced Certificate

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants must have completed master’s level study prior to application (or be currently enrolled in a master’s degree at Pratt) and show records of superior scholastic performance or otherwise provide evidence of ability to work effectively and professionally on the graduate level. All applicants must apply using the online application. Upload the following items and submit requests for online recommendations as well as the nonrefundable application fee.

  • Official transcripts of all previous college/university education
  • A statement of purpose describing the applicant’s scholarly interest in the program as well as professional goals (no more than 500 words)
  • An academic writing sample (of 6-10 pages)
  • Resumé
  • Two online recommendations from academic and/or professional sources

Students whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of 85 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 563, IELTS of 6.5, or PTE of 57.

Museum Studies Advanced Certificate

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants must have completed master’s level study prior to application (or be currently enrolled in a master’s degree at Pratt)and show records of superior scholastic performance or otherwise provide evidence of ability to work effectively and professionally on the graduate level. All applicants must apply using the online application. Upload the following items and submit requests for online recommendations as well as the nonrefundable application fee.

Official transcripts of all previous college/university education

  • A statement of purpose describing the applicant’s scholarly interest in the program as well as professional goals (no more than 500 words)
  • An academic writing sample (of 6-10 pages)
  • Resumé
  • Two online recommendations from academic and/or professional sources

Students whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of 85 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 563, IELTS of 6.5, or PTE of  57.

Performance and Performance Studies MFA (not accepting new students for Fall 2023)

(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Applicants must have a BA, BS, or BFA from an accredited institution. Candidates must submit

  1. a statement of purpose in which they describe their interest in the program, as well as their own goals and preparation;

  2. 10–20 pages of relevant writing sample(s);

  3. transcripts from all postsecondary institutions; and

  4. two letters of recommendation.

Collaborative pairs will be welcomed, but each member must apply separately under the above guidelines.  All applicants must follow the standard admissions process for graduate programs at Pratt. The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. A TOEFL of 82 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland China of 553, IELTS of 6.5 or a PTE of 53 is required for international students.

Dual Degree Programs

Pratt offers the following designated dual degree program:

  • History of Art and Design and Library and Information Science MA/MSLIS

Applicants should submit one application for the dual degree of choice but must fulfill the minimum requirements for each program. Please see individual program requirements.