Applications for Fall 2017 are now open for all degree programs. Apply online.
Applicants to DigiPen's graduate degree programs must submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission.
Additional information may be requested. Applicants will be notified if anything additional is required.
The application for admission can be 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. Applicants are encouraged to review the application instructions and prepare all the necessary information ahead of time.
All applicants must pay a $35 application fee. The fee can be paid by credit card at that time of online application 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.
Applicants must provide evidence of completion of a bachelor's degree with a recommended minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for the MS in Computer Science and a recommended minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA for the MFA in Digital Arts. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent directly by the issuing institutions; they may, however, be sent by the applicant if they are first sealed in an envelope and stamped across the seal by the registrar.
Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation 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 references name(s) into the application and tell them to expect a reference request email.
For hard copy submissions, each letter must be sealed, signed, and dated by the author and must include a contact phone number. References should explain how long they have known the applicant and in what capacity. The template below may be used; however, it is not required.
Download: Letter of Recommendation template (PDF)
* Effective September 2016, graduates of any of DigiPen's Bachelor of Science degree programs are no longer required to complete the GRE to apply to DigiPen's Master of Science in Computer Science program.
Required for: International applicants
If you are already in the United States on a visa, you may not have to submit financial documentation. Please contact admissions(at)digipen(dot)edu for more information.
Applicants intending to study in the United State 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 at DigiPen. Please do not include a transaction history.
Download: Financial Responsibility Form: Fall 2017-2018 (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
For students who do not currently meet the required proficiency in the English language levels listed above, please review our Intensive English Preparation course option.