Application information quick links:

Uploading Documentation
Letters of Recommendation
Portfolio
Statement of Interest (MDES, MDM only)
Research Proposal (PhD only)
Resume
GRE/GMAT Scores
TOEFL or IELTS Scores
Transcripts
Final Transcript Validation
Application Timing and Fees

Application Status

The IIT App Tracker will give you the most accurate, real-time status of your documents and application. If there are any issues or questions we will contact you via the email you provided in your application. Once your application file is complete and verified by our office, it will be submitted to the department for faculty review. We will notify you by email as soon as an admission decision is made.

Uploading Documentation

All documents (including portfolios) uploaded in your application must be in PDF format. Please convert any images (JPG, TIFF, etc.) to PDFs before posting.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be requested from people who are able to assess your academic and/or career achievements and potential. Recommenders may include professors, employers, or colleagues, but may not include family or personal friends. Recommenders should comment on your ability to engage in higher education and the benefits you would bring to the educational environment. Recommenders should also comment on your ability to succeed in a highly competitive master’s or PhD program of study. Only three letters of recommendation will be reviewed.

Portfolio

For MDES applicants, portfolios should demonstrate your skills in design and problem solving. Include at least three projects (6-8 are common). Typical length is 5-15 pages. Work should demonstrate critical thinking, problem/concept exploration, and proposed solutions. You should also strive to demonstrate your skills in 2D layout, 3D modeling or environments, interaction, and storytelling. All portfolio files must be PDFs and no larger than 30 MB.

For MDM applicants, portfolios should focus on your skills in leading innovation projects and teams. Include at least three projects (4-6 are common). Typical length is 5-15 pages. Finished artifacts and traditional artwork are not necessary. Work should strive to demonstrate critical thinking, problem framing, and communication skills. All portfolio files must be PDFs and no larger than 30 MB.

Websites can be included in a portfolio, however IIT Institute of Design cannot be held responsible if those sites are not available at the time your application is reviewed.

Statement of Interest (MDES and MDM only)

Typical statements are 1-3 pages (500-2000 words). It should be written in essay form and include your reasons for pursuing graduate study at the Institute of Design, academic background, research interests (if applicable), relevant professional experience or related accomplishments, and career goals. Also include any significant activities (i.e., jobs, volunteering, community involvement, leadership at your university, organizations, awards, honors, etc.) that showcase your breadth of experience. If there is a specific faculty member you would like to work with, mention your interest and why.

Research Proposal (PhD only)

With respect to the contents of the research proposal, we prefer to see projects that address the following criteria:

  • a proposed topic in a research area related to faculty interests. The professors currently accepting new students are listed here.
  • some reference to specific theorists and how the proposed project might contribute to or reflect upon their work
  • some familiarity with relevant research literature
  • 2 or 3 research goals with 3 or 4 research questions related to those goals
  • 2 or 3 possible use cases and data collection methods that could be used to provide evidence related to those questions
  • how IIT Institute of Design in particular might be a good location for this work

Not every statement can be that complete, but that is the general direction. It is normal for plans to change as the student goes through the program. The purpose of this research statement is to show your thinking about research rather than definitively setting up a final plan.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

2-4 years of professional practice is typical (10 yrs for MDM applicants), but not required. Full-time internships, volunteer work, and freelance projects will be considered.

GRE/GMAT Scores

MDES Applicants who do not have an undergraduate in industrial design or communication design (or are considering the MDES+MBA program), must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. Send official scores directly to IIT through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). For GRE scores please ask ETS to send your scores to institution code 1318. No department code is required. For GMAT scores please select Illinois Institute of Technology and the correct college and program.

The minimum GRE total score accepted is 310. The minimum GMAT total score accepted is 600. GRE and GMAT scores more than five years old at the time your application is reviewed will not be accepted, new scores will be required.

For MDM and PhD applicants, a GRE/GMAT test is typically not required.

Please note any difference between an applicant’s name in the score report and in the application will delay or prevent IIT Institute of Design from obtaining scores. Be sure that the name you give the testing service matches the name you provided on your application.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Any applicant whose undergraduate degree was earned at an institution where the primary language of instruction is not English must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.  All scores should be sent directly to IIT by the testing service. Please request that your scores be sent to institution code 1318. No department code is required.

The minimum TOEFL score accepted is 100. The minimum IELTS total score accepted is 7.5. TOEFL and IELTS scores more than two years old at the time your application is reviewed will not be accepted, new scores will be required.

Please note any difference between an applicant’s name in the score report and in the application will delay or prevent IIT Institute of Design from obtaining scores. Be sure that the name you give the testing service matches the name you provided on your application.

Transcripts

We must receive transcript(s) or individual mark sheets from each institution you attended regardless of whether or not a degree was earned. If you are an international applicant, please check for specific considerations on transcript documentation.

Please do not submit your official documents via post. All documents must be attached to your application prior to submission. Please follow these instructions for submissions:

  1. Scan a copy of your official and original paper transcripts, individual mark sheets, or electronic transcript provided to you by your institution’s Registrar. Do not upload your institution’s web-based academic record or a document stating it is not an official transcript.
  2. Make sure that all critical and identifying marks have been scanned and are legible. These include the institution’s name, your name, the names of your courses, and the grades you have received. It is important that you scan both the front and back (if there is information on the back) of your documents.
  3. If the degree is completed, also include an upload of your original degree certificate or provisional certificate. Please note attested copies are not acceptable and will delay processing time.
  4. You must include an official English translation if your official transcripts are not issued in English. If your prior institution does not issue transcripts in English, both the original and a professional English translation are required. We recommend an ATA translator.
  5. All files submitted must be in PDF format.

Final Transcript Validation

If you are admitted, you will be required to have your transcripts officially validated during the first semester of your enrollment. Please follow the steps below.

U.S. Transcripts
Submission of the official certified transcript must be mailed or emailed directly from the institution conferring the degree to Illinois Institute of Technology.

Foreign Transcripts
If your prior institution does not issue transcripts in English, both the original and a professional English translation are required. We recommend an ATA translator (http://www.atanet.org/). If your prior institution does not use the 4.0 scale grading system, the Office of Graduate Admission will evaluate your grades with respect to that system upon review of your transcripts. In the case we are unable to evaluate and interpret credentials applicants will be required to have their documents professionally evaluated. Applicants must use Educational Credential Evaluators, One Earth International Credential Evaluations, or Educational Perspectives. If possible, Professional evaluations along with official, original documents should be uploaded with the application. If you are admitted, you will be required to have the official evaluation submitted to the Illinois Institute of Technology by the issuing service during your first semester.

Application Timing and Fees

Please note that admission to the MDes program with Foundation is offered for the fall semester only.

Your application must be submitted by 5 pm (CST/Chicago time) on the due date in order to be considered for a particular application round. Applications submitted after the due date will automatically be added to the next cycle. Admission decisions will be communicated roughly four weeks after each due date.

The application fee for IIT Institute of Design programs is $100. For MDes + MBA applicants, there is an additional application fee when applying with IIT Stuart School of Business.

The application fee may be paid by credit card at the end of the online application process. Please email admissions@id.iit.edu or call 312-595-4906 with any questions.

 

for more information see Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall 2017 admission
January 19, 2017 (early round)
March 2, 2017 (final round)

Spring 2018 admission
September 21, 2017

Admission to the MDes program with Foundation is offered for the fall semester only. Your application must be completed by 5 p.m. (CST/Chicago time) on the due date to be considered for that round. You will receive an email confirmation when all of your materials have been received. Admission decisions will be communicated roughly four weeks after this confirmation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our FAQ page for more information. If you have additional questions, email admissions@id.iit.edu or call 312-595-4906.

Applying from outside the U.S.?

Visit the International Applicants page to view specific information for your situation.