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 Admissions.
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 Admissions.
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 Admissions. 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.
Two 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 Admissions via postal mail or email.
Portfolio: All applicants to the Studio Art Program must submit documentation of their work digitally online here. Submitted videos should not exceed five minutes in length. Do not send originals.
English Proficiency Requirement
All non-native speakers of English are required to show proof of English language proficiency unless they hold a bachelor’s degree from an English speaking, regionally accredited university or college located in the US, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain. Mills College accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the English Language School (ELS) Level 112 Certificate.
Graduate programs in English require minimum TOEFL scores of 600 on the paper-based test, 100 for the internet-based test, or an IELTS overall band-score of 7.0 or higher. All other programs require a minimum of 550 on the paper-based test, 80 for the internet-based test, or an IELTS overall band-score of 6.0 or higher.
More information about these exams is available online at www.ets.org/toefl and www.ielts.org.
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. International students should also submit a scanned copy of their passport biographical page. 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 Admissions
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital portfolio materials can be uploaded here.
If you have any questions about admission requirements, deadlines, or applying to Mills, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 510.430.3309 or email@example.com.