These requirements are for September 2014.
Please see Graduate Admissions for information about applying to the Master of Science in Computer Science or the Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts degree program. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at (425) 629-5001 or admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu.
Game Design applicants may submit a combination of the following optional additional materials: copies of drawings and paintings, photographs of landscapes, or urban environments, printed versions of digital art, sketches of level designs, and copies of maps. These optional components must be original creations solely of the applicant.
*Note: Do not submit electronic games or mods, as the Office of Admissions will not install any of these.
Required for: All applicants
The application for admission is submitted online. The application may be saved if the applicant is unable to completely fill it out in one session. Once the application is submitted the applicant will no longer be able to edit the application. It is a good idea to review the instructions for the application and have responses to all the questions prepared prior to beginning the online application.
You should have the following materials available in order to complete the application for admission:
Required for: All applicants
All applicants must pay a $35 application fee. If applying online, the fee can be paid by credit card at that time or the applicant can select the option to send the fee in later. Fees can be paid by credit card, cash, check, or money order (made out to DigiPen Institute of Technology). Applicants who are denied admission to DigiPen will receive a refund of the application fee. DigiPen waives the application fee for students who demonstrate financial need through an SAT fee-waiver program or for participation in a similar need-based program. DigiPen also provides fee-waivers to students who visit the campus for an admissions meeting or on-site information session.
Required for: All undergraduate applicants
In order to meet the minimum requirement for admission to DigiPen, all applicants must have completed grade 12 or the equivalent. Also, applicants should have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average in their most recent studies. To fulfill this requirement, applicants must submit official transcripts from all high schools attended, including a final transcript showing proof of high-school graduation.
Applicants who are:
Applicants should request official copies of their transcripts from each high school attended. The documents can either be mailed to DigiPen directly from the school (preferred) or sent in by the applicant in a sealed envelope as prepared by the school. DigiPen cannot accept open or faxed transcripts. Applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution are not required to submit high school transcripts, but final transcripts from the college or university will be required along with official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended.
Required for: All applicants who have taken course work at the college or university level.
If applicable, the applicant must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. This includes high school concurrent enrollment programs, Running Start, community college, university, transfer students, and the rest. Students typically need to request official transcripts from the registrar's office and should do so early to allow time for processing the request. Transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope as prepared by the issuing school directly to DigiPen Institute of Technology. Transcripts may be sent by the applicant if sealed in an envelope and stamped over the seal by the registrar, showing that the envelope has not been opened. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.
Required for: All undergraduate applicants
Description: DigiPen requires completion of the SAT or ACT test and submission of these scores from all undergraduate applicants, with a few exceptions (see below). There is no minimum score requirement for either test and neither is preferred by DigiPen over the other. The SAT II Subject Tests are not required for admission, but may be taken into consideration during the evaluation process if included with the application. SAT or ACT test scores must be sent directly to DigiPen by the issuing organization. DigiPen also accepts score reports included on official high-school transcripts to fulfill this requirement. Average SAT scores for BS and BA programs are generally over 1700; average ACT composite scores for BS programs are generally over 26; BA programs are over 24.
SAT/ACT requirement waived for:
Optional for: All undergraduate applicants.
All undergraduate applicants (including international applicants) are strongly encouraged to submit two letters of recommendation. Letters must be from individuals familiar with your academic background and/or work ethic, i.e., an instructor, guidance counselor, or employer. Recommendation letters from family members will not be considered.
Applicants may choose to enter the contact information for their references in the online application. The application database will email each reference a link to an electronic recommendation form once the application is submitted. Applicants should request recommendation letters from their references prior to entering the reference name(s) into the application and tell them to expect a reference request via email. For hard copy submissions, each letter must be sealed, signed, and dated by the author and must contain a contact phone number. Letter writers should explain how long they have known the applicant and in what capacity. Applicants should provide their recommenders with hard copies of (or a link to) the letter template provided below. Alternatively, references may write their own letters of recommendation without using the templates. Please note that these letters are not required for applicants to DigiPen's undergraduate degree programs.
Download: Letter of Recommendation template (PDF)
Required for: Applicants to the BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation, BS in Computer Engineering, BS in Engineering and Sound Design, and BS in Computer Science and Game Design.
Required for: International applicants
International applicants must provide evidence of financial support, indicating that sufficient funds are available for the 8-month period of study and living expenses must be submitted to DigiPen and made available to U.S. Immigration Service upon entry into the United States. The Financial Responsibility Form must be submitted by all international students regardless of whether or not the student is presently living in the United States. The bank statement needs to be an original document from the bank and not a self-service printout. It should include the balance, currency (preferably USD), and name of the account holder. All assets must be liquid. If the applicant is not the account holder, whomever is financing him/her will need to either sign the Affidavit of Support that is included in the Financial Responsibility Form or write and sign a brief letter confirming that the account holder will support the applicant financially during his/her time here at DigiPen. Please do not include a transaction history.
Download: Financial Responsibility Form: Fall 2014-2015 (PDF)
Required for: Applicants who are non-native English speakers
Description: Non-native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:
TOEFL code: 4138
TOEFL score reporting and exam information: http://www.ets.org/toefl