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Transfer Students (click on the category below to expand with explanation):

  • You are considered a transfer student if: (click here)

    • You are considered a transfer student if you are a high school graduate who will have completed at least 12 college credits since high school and before your expected date of entry into Rutgers. (This excludes current high school students who are also taking college courses.) Transfer students use the same application as all other students.

  • Mason Gross offers the following program options for transfer applicants: (click here)

    Dance Performance (Bachelor of Fine Arts/BFA)
    Dance Five-Year Dual Performance and Education (BFA/EdM)
    Music Performance (Bachelor of Music/BM)- CLASSICAL: voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, organ, harp, classical guitar.
    Music Education (Bachelor of Music/BM)- vocal, instrumental or jazz concentrations
    Music Jazz (Bachelor of Music/BM)- JAZZ: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, electric bass, acoustic bass, drums, guitar
    Music Composition (Bachelor of Music/BM)
    Music Performance and American Language Certificate Program (MPC/PALS) - CLASSICAL: voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, organ, harp JAZZ: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, electric bass, acoustic bass, drums, guitar
    Theater Acting (Bachelor of Fine Arts/BFA)
    Theater Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts/BFA)
    Theater Production (Bachelor of Fine Arts/BFA) - Includes Stage Management and Technical Direction.
    Visual Arts/Fine Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts/BFA) - drawing, graphic design, media, painting, print, photography, sculpture.

    **PLEASE NOTE: The BFA in Digital Filmmaking major is available to first-time, first year students only. It is currently not available to transfer students (i.e. any students who have taken college courses and earned credit outside of high school). Transfer students who have earned any credit at an institution of higher education when not attending high school may not apply.

  • Academic Entrance Requirements for Mason Gross School of the Arts: (click here)

    Transfer students applying for entrance to the Mason Gross School of the Arts must submit an official transcript of any college credit they received equaling at least 12 credits by the time of their application. Students who have not completed any college courses in the artistic area they wish to pursue may be required to start as a first-year student in a Mason Gross Degree program regardless of the number of college credits they have earned.

    Transfer students must also submit an official high school transcript or its equivalent to the office of admissions which demonstrates proof of graduation and also fulfillment of these academic requirements:
    English: four years
    Foreign Language: none required; two years of one language recommended
    Mathematics: three years, including algebra I, geometry, algebra II
    Science: none required
    Other courses: nine other academic courses - such as history, humanities, science, foreign languages, etc.
    Total: 16 academic courses
    Certain High School courses not completed can be substituted for courses completed in college if demonstrated on the applicant’s college transcript.
    New Jersey community college transfer students may consult for information about transfer credit.
    For more information about how Rutgers University evaluates transfer students for admission please visit:
    *Academic requirements for other Rutgers colleges may be found here.

  • Application Checklist: (click here)

    Undergraduate Application for admission
    $65 nonrefundable application fee. We must receive the fee or a fee waiver before we will review your submitted application. For more information, click here.
    Official High School Transcript - All students are required to submit a high school transcript. High school transcript must include all courses and final grades earned from grade 9 through graduation or leaving. Your transcript should certify any diplomas you have earned. International students or students who were educated outside the U.S. must submit their official high school/secondary transcript with all courses and final grades or an official copy of their finishing certificate, e.g. O-Level, CXC, IGCSE.
    GED Results – Students who have earned a GED, official results are required. A transcript of any high school work attempted is required, even if the applicant has a GED. 
    Official College Transcript(s) - Official college transcripts from each college attended including all courses attempted and grades earned through the Application Due Date. If the student is currently enrolled in college, a list of courses in progress is also required. International students or students educated outside the U.S. must submit all required documents.
    • SAT/ACT scores
    **not all transfer students are required to submit test scores. CLICK HERE to see if you would be required to submit test scores.
    English Proficiency Examination requirements (for any nonnative speakers of English) - click here to see if you need to submit an English proficiency exam. Click here to see if your home country's principal language is not English requiring you to submit an ESL exam for admission.
    Personal statement - recommended, not required. to read more click here
    Schedule and complete your audition, interview or submit your portfolio. For more information click here
    **In addition to supplemental material needed for admission to Mason Gross, Rutgers University requires all applicants to submit the items listed above. Some items such as personal statements and fees may be required to submit to both Rutgers University and Mason Gross School of the Arts. Click here for instructions and a detailed list of Rutgers University's Required Credentials.

  • How we make decisions: (click here)

    Admissions decisions for applicants to the Mason Gross School of the Arts are based upon our faculty's evaluation of talent and comprehensive review of the entire application. Our first emphasis is placed on the audition, interview or portfolio and then on the student’s academic promise as demonstrated by:
    • strength of academic program
    • grade trends
    • weighted grade-point average(s)cumulative grade-point-average (GPA)
    • number of credits completed and types of courses taken
    • English Proficiency Examination results, for non-native English speakers
    We also consider such qualitative factors as:
    • community, volunteer, or U.S. military service
    • employment history
    • special talents
    • essay
    • family obligations
    • special talents
    • socioeconomic background

    Mason Gross School of the Arts does not follow minimum SAT or ACT score standards nor do we adhere to minimum GPA or class ranks to determine a students eligibility for admission. When reviewing academics the admissions committee looks at students holistically. We consider how the student performs throughout their entire academic and professional career focusing on the subject areas which most closely relate to the artistic and academic skills needed to complete a Mason Gross degree program. Namely academic performance in the subjects of English, humanities, social sciences is weighted more heavily than performance in math and science. Students should demonstrate strong skills in English composition, comprehension and communication.

    It is recommended that transfer students have covered basic college level courses in the artistic area to which they are applying. Mason Gross degree programs are intense professional degrees in the arts. Transfer students who wish to enter without college level courses in their major course of study will likely be required to enroll as a first year student.

    The number of applicants Mason Gross admits is determined by the quality of the applicant pool (which changes from year to year and may vary for each Mason Gross Department) as well as the space available in each department.

    We review applications when they are complete with all required credentials submitted by the due dates.

  • Transfer Credit: (click here)

    When can I have my credit evaluated?
    • Credit evaluations are typically completed after transfer students have been admitted and confirmed their intention to enroll. In general, credit is granted for courses taken at accredited colleges and universities if they are the equivalent of courses offered by Rutgers University and students earned a grade of at least a C. However, individual courses are evaluated by the faculty and/or the school/college before credit is officially granted. You may find it helpful to review Rutgers' course content information in our catalogs and on our NJ Transfer web site (for New Jersey community college students).
    How is credit in artistic courses evaluated?
    Transfer students entering a professional degree at Mason Gross typically do not enter at a level higher than second year due to the very strict artistic curriculum required for Mason Gross Degree programs. Each department has their own way to evaluate artistic credit.
    DANCE - Transfer BFA Dance student's artistic level is determined by the college courses they have completed in dance in combination with the artistic merit demonstrated at the time of their audition. Dance students may transfer in at the second (typical) or third (rare) year level, and some may be asked start their course of study from the first year.
    MUSIC - Transfer Bachelor of Music student's artistic level is determined by completion of college courses in applied music ensembles and private lessons, artistic merit demonstrated at the time of their audition, and by their placement testing level in theory, piano and aural training. Music students may transfer in at the second (typical) or third (rare) year level, and some many may have to start their course of study from the first year.
    THEATER - Transfer students entering a BFA program in our Theater Department are required to begin their studies as a first year student and complete the entire 3 and a half years of study, regardless of credit earned at other institutions. Liberal arts credit will be accepted as stated above, but the amount of those transferred credits will not affect the amount of time it takes to complete their BFA degree.
    VISUAL ARTS - Transfer students entering our BFA Visual Arts program who wish to place out of foundation level courses must submit a prerequisite waiver portfolio. A prerequisite is waived upon positive portfolio review by area faculty. Although transfer students may have taken a course that has the same name as a course in our Visual Arts curriculum, students must still demonstrate they have successfully covered the same material as the course offered by Mason Gross. If your portfolio does not successful demonstrate completion of the same material, you may not be eligible to place out of the course. Students who gain foundation waivers may place into a second (typical) or third (rare) year level of study. Students who do not receive a waiver will be required to start at a first year level. Instructions on how to submit a prerequisite waiver portfolio are sent to each student once they are admitted and send in their deposit for enrollment.

  • Important Dates and Admissions Timeline: (click here)

    • September - University Undergraduate Application for following year is posted online.
    • October 1 - University Undergraduate Transfer Application deadline for spring admission. Mason Gross currently will only accept current Rutgers students wishing to transfer schools within the university for spring admission in VISUAL ARTS. Please check back her in mid September to see if Mason Gross will be accepting any more application types for spring entrance.
    • November 1 - Early action deadline for university academic programs and MASON GROSS VISUAL ARTS applicants. No other Mason Gross decisions adhere to the early action timeline. Students who apply to Rutgers by November 1 will only receive a decision for academic majors, BFA Visual Arts and BA Visual Arts by January 31. Due to the audition/interview and portfolio process Mason Gross applications in Music, Dance and Theater will NOT post a decision by this date.
    • November 15 - Early action PORTFOLIO deadline students who wish to apply early action to our BFA or BA visual art programs.
    • December 1 - Regular action deadline for all Mason Gross Applicants. Mason Gross highly encourages students to submit their application and all supporting material no later than December 1. Applications received after December 1 may face difficulty with Audition scheduling and may delay notification of their admissions decision. Students who apply by December 1 will have first choice of audition dates/locations/times and also give themselves the best chance for admission and scholarships by being part of the first group of applicants reviewed by our faculty and admissions committee.
    December - March - Auditions for Music Dance and Theater both on campus and at regional locations. Audition appointments cannot be made or confirmed and portfolios will not be looked at until student's submit their application to the University.
    January - April - Admission decision notifications sent to applicants on a rolling basis.
    January 15- Visual arts portfolios are due online (Portfolios cannot be submitted until the University Application is received.)  
    February 1 - University application deadline for all transfer applicants.  However, because of the audition and portfolio process it is HIGHLY recommended that all Mason Gross transfer students complete and submit their application by December 1.
    February 1 - Recommended FAFSA submission deadline.
    Mid-February - University Housing Application available online.
    March - Artistic scholarship notifications begin to go out.
    April 1 - Notification deadline for all first year students who applied by December 1 and completed their audition, interview or portfolio by the designated dates. Students who submit application material later than December 1 are not guaranteed to hear from admissions by April 1.
    Early/Mid-April - invited open house for admitted students on campus.
    May 1 - Enrollment deposits due to retain scholarship and opportunity to enroll. Students who deposit after May 1 are no longer guaranteed a spot in our class and risk forfeit of any scholarship they received.
    Mid-May - Student Orientation begins. All admitted MUSIC students are required to attend an orientation date in May to complete placement exams for theory, piano and aural training.
    Late July - First Term bills are issued.