Application Instructions for Prospective Graduate Students

IAU reviews applicants for its graduate programs — Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts in Art History (MAAH), Master of Arts in French Studies (MAFS), or Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR)— on a rolling admissions basis. To be considered, applicants must have (or will have earned by the time of enrollment) a post-secondary diploma. Please note that a phone/internet conversation with an IAU admissions team member may be required to gather additional information from applicants.

Applications are due April 15th.  

Please note that financial aid priority is given to those who apply for financial aid with their applications for admission. Financial Aid and Scholarship packages will be sent to students along with their admissions decisions. 

Admission to the IAU Master’s programs is based on a review of the following items:

1. Application form

Please complete and submit the online application form.
2. Transcripts

Please e-mail a scan of your most up-to-date transcript (Saved as: LAST NAME_Transcript) to Please also mail an official copy to the following address. We can review your application with the scanned versions but will require the official copies in order to send a decision. If the student is currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution, IAU requires that the student send a final official transcript after the student graduates with completed courses and graduation date listed on the transcript.

409 Camino Del Rio South
Suite 303
San Diego, CA 92108

3. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) or Résumé

To gain a broader sense of your experiences and interests, we ask for a C.V. or résumé of (at least) the past five years of university and/or employment history; community, professional, and/or university extracurricular activities; and recognitions and achievements. Please email the completed C.V. or résumé (Saved as: LAST NAME_CV) to

4. Personal Statement

In a separate document (Saved as: LAST NAME_Statement.pdf), please respond in a single page (about 300-500 words) to the prompt below and e-mail the completed document to .

***If you are applying to the Master of Arts in French Studies program, please write your personal statement in French.***

Describe why you are applying to this specific Master’s program at IAU (MFA, MA in French Studies, or MA in International Relations). Describe your interest in this field and your motivation in continuing your education at IAU. Please also include what you hope to gain through graduate study and any career goals you may have.

5. Two letters of recommendation

Please have two letters of recommendation (about one-page long) submitted to on your behalf by a professional or academic reference.

6. Proof of English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English, unless they have been attending an English speaking school/university for at least 3 years, must submit official TOEFL score or IELTS English language proficiency exam.

7. Program-Specific Requirements

Certain programs have additional application requirements that are listed below by program. If your program is not indicated here, there are no further requirements.
  • MFA:
    • Portfolio: 20 images of recent work including a minimum of 5 drawings and 10 pieces relating to your chosen concentration of either Painting or Sculpture.
    • Submitting Your Portfolio Files:  Please submit your portfolio using Drop Box. If you do not have an account, you can create one for free at To submit these files, create a new folder in your personal Drop Box named LastName.FirstName_MFAApplication, and add the files included in your portfolio. Images should be submitted as JPEG’s no larger than 1 MB each (approximately 1400 pixels in either direction at a resolution of 100 dpi). Please format image files: LastName.FirstName_1.jpg - LastName.FirstName_20.jpg and include in your final submission. Click “share” from your Drop Box menu to generate a link. Please send this link to with the Subject line: MFA Application Files for Lastname.FirstName. Note: Dropbox preserves the time of each folder’s last modification, and after sharing the folder link with us, we ask that you not change anything in your MFA Application folder.

8.  A non-refundable application fee of $120

The fee can be submitted  through the secure credit card authorization form on the online payment portal (select the second option: "A payment for a current or future student without MyIAU account access").

Payment may also be made via check (for U.S. citizens only) to the U.S. Office of Admissions.

Thank you for your interest in IAU!

Please note that candidates are responsible for ensuring that the completed application and all supporting materials reach IAU in accordance with our application deadlines. Once complete, the Office of Admissions will contact you within two weeks with more information.

Any questions may be directed to