We will need you to submit an unofficial copy of your transcript for the equivalent of an undergraduate education in the U.S. We will require you to submit test scores demonstrating English proficiency. You will need to submit your language exam results with your application in addition to your unofficial transcripts.
Minimum language proficiency test scores*:
- TOEFL iBT: 79
- IELTS: 6.5
- iTEP: 3.9
- Duolingo: 100
- PTE Academic: 58
- English3: 68
- GTEC: 1200
- SAT Critical Reading and Writing: 490
- ACT English and Reading: 20
- IB English: 4
- AP English Language: 3
*Applicants may receive a waiver of the language-proficiency test if all of the requirements for the bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree were completed in a country where the primary and dominant language is English and English was the language of instruction of the school. Please contact our admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
Please note: once you have been admitted to PNCA, you will need to provide an official copy of your transcripts to complete the enrollment process. Send transcripts to the Graduate Admissions Office at 511 NW Broadway, Portland OR, 97209.
If your transcripts are not in English, or are otherwise complex, we will send them to World Education Services to have them verified. There will be a small fee for the external verification process. (Otherwise there is no fee for submitting your application.)
We’ve made it so you don’t need to take any extra steps to apply for a Merit Scholarship. When you submit your application to PNCA, you will automatically be considered for our merit-based scholarship funding. Merit scholarships decrease the cost of your annual tuition by 20% or more depending on the strength of your application.
If you complete your application before the Early Action Deadline on December 1st, 2022, you will have early access to the scholarship pool and a guaranteed admissions decision before the end of December.
You will have one more chance to optimize your scholarship by meeting the Priority Deadline on January 20th, 2023. You will have priority in the scholarship awarding process if you meet the Priority Deadline. Apply today!
Equity Scholarships are available to students who have shown a dedicated commitment to ending racial injustice. There is a separate application process for these scholarships. The deadline to apply is January 20, 2023.
The PNCA Equity Scholarship Committee will determine the recipients of the following scholarships:
- Two full tuition scholarships (renewable each year for up to 2 year for an MFA or MA student and up to 3 years for a Dual degree student) will be awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to working with communities to end racial injustice for Black, Indigenous, and non-Black people of color.
- Two scholarships of $5,000 (renewable each year for up to 2 year for an MFA or MA student and up to 3 years for a Dual degree student) will be awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to working with communities to end racial injustice for Black, Indigenous, and non-Black people of color.
Please note that Equity Scholarships are the only way to receive a full tuition remission.
External scholarships may be available to you. You are encouraged to apply for funding to support your graduate education beyond what we can provide.
Here are some resources to find more external scholarships:
International students are eligible to apply for Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships which pay $16/hour 7 hours per week for 16 weeks.
There are other on campus employment opportunities listed on Handshake.
In the past our international students have worked on campus jobs in the PNCA Library, or as Resident Advisors in ArtHouse.
You can also connect with our Office of Career Design for more information.
Director of the Office of Career Design
Career Advisor, Art, Media and Communication
Our graduate students primarily live in off campus housing. Our downtown Portland campus is easily accessible by public transportation called Trimet. Many students find rental apartments by searching on Zillow or Craigslist.
The Office of International Education issues I-20 documents for international students and oversees the visa process.
Office of International Education (OIE)
The Graduate School can answer any other questions about graduate programs, opportunities for graduate students at PNCA, and our graduate application process.
Get in contact with:
Graduate Admissions Coordinator