As noted in Item 7, applicants for whom English is not your native language must submit a score report for one of the tests below in order to obtain admission to the MFA program:
- Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), with a minimum acceptable score of 90 (traditional iBT only—we do not accept the TOEFL iBT Home Edition).
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module with a minimum composite score of 6.5.
- Duolingo test with a minimum acceptable score of 115.
To ensure that we receive your official test score results:
- TOEFL test takers must use our institution code (6929) and department code (15) when making arrangements with the testing agency for score reporting.
- IELTS score results must be delivered to us electronically via the IELTS Results Service e-Delivery system. Be sure to use the name of our E-Delivery Account: Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
- The Duolingo test can be taken at home and is recommended for those who encounter TOEFL or IELTS test center closures. Duolingo test takers must individually email their test results as a PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It takes six weeks for scores to arrive, so plan to take the test well in advance of the application deadline.
An exception to the English language score requirement may be made for applicants who have studied in the United States or another English-speaking country for a minimum of three years toward a baccalaureate degree or higher. The TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo tests and writing sample do not in and of themselves presume adequate qualification for study. Functional English and familiarity with additional art-related terminology are required upon entrance in order to pass coursework. International students will be interviewed prior to the issuance of an I-20 for a student visa. In select cases, students will be tested upon arrival and may be required to enroll in reading and comprehension classes.
International students will receive specific instructions regarding the necessary financial documentation for visa purposes when admission letters are issued. For questions regarding non-immigrant student visas, contact Melissa Whitwam, Graduate School of Art programs coordinator, at 314.935.8423 or email@example.com.
In summer 2022, matriculating students will receive a request for official transcripts from all post-secondary study to be sent to us directly from their previous college or university. Transcripts must include the degree(s) awarded and date(s) of conferral, as applicable. Students who attended a Chinese university must also have their transcript and qualification certificate verified (in English) by the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC).
Please note: If you have graduated from a university in the United States, you may still be required to submit a TOEFL score. As institutions vary in their language requirements, the Graduate School of Art does not automatically grant TOEFL waivers. In addition, all international students will be interviewed by the Chair of the MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program.