The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1 for fall admission. The Studio Art Program does not accept applications for spring admission. Visit our application page to apply online or download forms. Additional details about the admission and application process can be found in the Graduate Catalog.
Applications are reviewed when all supporting materials have been received, and official notification of an admission decision is sent from the Office of Graduate Admission. Applications to the Studio Art Program must be received or postmarked by February 1 in order to be considered.
All applicants to the graduate degree at Mills College are required to submit the following:
Graduate Application for Admission: Applications can be completed online or hard-copy. Complete all sections of the application as indicated, including:
Artist's Statement. The Artist's Statement serves in lieu of a Statement of Purpose. Please follow the guidelines provided on the supplemental application.
Supplemental Application: The supplemental application provides more details about your portfolio submission, as well as asks questions about your specific interests.
Application Fee of $50: Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted for online application submission. The application fee is also payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a US bank. Cash is accepted if paid in person to the Office of Graduate Admission.
Official Transcript: One official transcript with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree should be sent directly by each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission. If you obtained your bachelor’s degree outside the US, you are required to have your transcript evaluated by a NACES member organization. If the transcript is written in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the successful completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If you are still completing your degree at the time of application, send official transcripts showing work completed and in progress. Immediately upon completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements, it is your responsibility to send a final transcript with the degree posted to our office.
Three Letters of Recommendation: Recommendation forms can be sent as part of the online application or sent directly by the recommender to the Office of graduate Admission via postal mail or email.
Note: Current Mills College students and alumnae are only required to submit one letter of recommendation.
Portfolio: All applicants to the Studio Art Program must submit documentation of their work digitally via slideroom. Submitted videos should not exceed five minutes in length. Do not send originals.
Proof of English Language Proficiency: A TOEFL or IELTS is required for all non-native speakers of English, unless you hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from an English speaking, regionally accredited university of college located in the US, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain. The minimum TOEFL score on the iBT is 80, and the minimum IELTS band score is 6.0.
Certification of Finances and Bank Statement: Prior to enrollment, applicants who require a visa for studying at Mills are required to submit a Certification of Finances form and bank statement. These documents do not need to be submitted with the application materials. An I-20 cannot be issued without these documents.
Additional information about these forms and all other requirements for international students can be found here.
All application materials should be sent to:
Office of Graduate Admission
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about admission requirements, deadlines, or applying to Mills, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 510.430.3309 or email@example.com.