M.F.A. Admission Requirements

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The M.F.A. in Interactive Media is a 2-year masters degree with tracks in user experience (UX), interaction design (IxD), game design, information graphics and visualization, and interactive storytelling. We welcome U.S. and international master degree candidates who share an affinity and talent for using design and technology to solve real-world problems. We do not require a GRE for admissions. UM’s M.F.A. in Interactive Media admissions are based on a comprehensive process that evaluates every application on the basis of the individual’s achievements, creativity, and potential. We seek students who will both thrive in and contribute to the University of Miami’s Interactive Media program.

The School of Communication Office of Graduate Admissions manages applications for the M.F.A. in Interactive Media.

Please contact socgrad@miami.edu if you encounter difficulties applying or have questions about our application process.


February 1st: Priority deadline, international student deadline & deadline for tuition aid
May 1st: Deadline for International Students
May 31st: Regular Application Deadline


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent from a foreign institution
  • Demonstrated English-proficiency for students whose native language is not English – a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL
  • A portfolio or a GRE. GRE is not required for admission.

Application Process

Step 1: Official School of Communication Application

Click here for the School of Communication application. During the official application process you will also need:

  • Statement of purpose
    A 500-word typed essay submitted during the online application
  • Application Fee
    Pay the $85 non-refundable application fee. The fee can be paid when you submit your application online.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    Three letters of recommendation are required from individuals who can assess your potential for graduate study. You may register your recommenders in the online application system so that they can submit their letters electronically. You may also send letters of recommendation by email to socgrad@miami.edu, or sent to our mailing address (below).

Step 2: Portfolio or GRE

Students are encouraged to submit a portfolio. Click here to submit a portfolio. Hard-copy or USB portfolios may also be mailed to the address below. Please note that we do not return portfolios or USB sticks. Students may choose to submit their GRE score if they don’t have a portfolio. Submitting a GRE instead of a portfolio will not affect their chances of getting accepted. Students may also submit both their GRE and portfolio. Our institution code for the GRE is #5815 and the department code is #4599.

Portfolio Requirements

As an applicant to the University of Miami M.F.A. in Interactive Media, you are encouraged to submit a portfolio. We look for individuals who are highly motivated and who demonstrate the ability to succeed in a highly competitive creative program.

The portfolio you present will vary based on your own experiences, interests, education, and training. You may submit a broad-based portfolio containing examples of work from a variety of media or a more focused portfolio. Applicants should submit 5-15 examples of your work. For work that you developed as a team, please indicate the role you played in the project. The portfolio should include work samples that showcase your creativity, as well as the skills and media you have learned. It should also highlight your ability to communicate ideas.

Step 3: Transcripts

Students should send their transcripts from all universities and colleges to the Graduate Studies Office (see address below).
Please Note: Our Graduate Studies Office sends all international transcripts to the University of Miami International Student Services for review prior to being considered for admission. To allow sufficient time to process international applications, please submit the transcripts at least three months prior to the final deadline.

Supporting Documents

Supporting documents, such as official transcripts, must be mailed to the School of Communication Office of Graduate Studies Office.

Graduate Studies Office UM School of Communication
5100 Brunson Drive, Suite 4002
Attention: Kesha Wimbley
Coral Gables, FL 33146

International Students

A TOEFL score report is required from all international students and who did not receive a four-year undergraduate education from an institution where English is the official language of instruction. TOEFL scores must be sent to us directly from the Educational Testing Services (ETS). Our ETS institution code is #5815. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 100 for consideration. 

Tuition Information

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students applying for the Interactive Media Program. Applying for financial aid will not hinder your application, regardless of your citizenship. At the University of Miami, financial aid is managed by the Office of Financial Aid, we strongly encourage you to contact them regardless of your financial situation as breaks may be available to you.

For more information visit the University of Miami Office of Financial Assistance

Tuition and fees

The Interactive Media Program at the University of Miami is a 45 credit program. Tuition and fees vary from year to year. Please consult this page for current tuition rates.

Tuition Awards

Tuition awards are available for exceptional students who complete their application by the February 1st deadline and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Awarding considerations will be based on both merit and/or need basis.

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