Apply to the MFA Program

Applications are accepted year-round and applicants will be notified in four to six weeks. Applications are accepted after the deadline on a space-available basis, and institutional financial aid will be awarded on a funds-available basis.


MFA 62 $1,085.00 $67,270
MSEM 30 $1,085.00 $32,550

Bachelor's Degree Requirement

You must have completed a baccalaureate-level program from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 2.5 GPA or equivalent. We encourage students from a variety of backgrounds to consider Champlain College’s graduate programs. 


Official academic transcripts (not photocopies or those issued directly to a student) are required from all colleges and universities you have attended. Please contact each college's Registrar's office and sign a release to have your transcripts sent to Office of Graduate Admission at Champlain College. If you have taken any graduate-level courses, be sure to have those transcripts sent to us, also.


Please submit an updated resume that communicates your work history. You should pay particular attention to the most recent five-year period. Your resume should be at a level of detail sufficient for the Admission Committee to assess your ability to move between projects and assignments within a single organization.

Statement of purpose

A writing sample (500-1,000 words) is required as part of the application. All applicants must address three interconnected questions:

  • Given our program’s focus on creativity, collaboration and innovation in technology, how would you describe your key strengths?
  • What areas are your weaknesses in, and which areas do you want to grow and expand in?
  • How will the MFA in Emergent Media help you get where you want to go?

Two Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit two letters of recommendation from a manager or supervisor in your professional field. In the absence of such a manager or supervisor, the recommendation should be from someone who can assess your capabilities as an employee or as a student. Recommendations will not be accepted from relatives or family members.

Project Analysis

Your analysis should analyze and assess your role in a project that involved degrees of creativity, collaboration and innovation. The project you analyze could be almost any type — a performance or event, an expressive artwork, a software application or commercial product, an educational program. The project can be anything designed to have an impact and about which you can reflect on your experience and performance.

Assembled into a single PDF or PowerPoint file (up to 3,000 words), your analysis should pay attention to:

  • Contextual information about the project
  • A description of your role in the project
  • Relevant materials/examples from the project (narrative description, programming code, images, screenshots, URLs, etc.) and a clear indication of what each example represents in the context of the project
  • An assessment of new opportunities created by the project and improvements that could have been made

Project analyses MUST be submitted through Slideroom:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

All applicants whose undergraduate education was not delivered in English must submit a TOEFL score, with essay. Minimum total scores required for consideration are 550 (paper) /213 (computer) /80 (Internet). These scores do not guarantee admission. For more information on the TOEFL, visit the TOEFL website.

Personal Interview

A personal interview with a Graduate Admission Representative is required and usually conducted via telephone. The interview will be scheduled as soon as all of your admission materials have been submitted and reviewed by the Admission Committee. The Office of Graduate Admissions will contact you to arrange a compatible format and schedule.

Mail or Email Supporting Documents To:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Champlain College
PO Box 670
Burlington, VT 05402-0670