Graduate Application Instructions

Register for a MyACM Account
 to begin the application process for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts in French Studies (MAFS), Master of Arts in Art History (MAAH), Master of Arts in International Education Administration (MAIE), Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR), or Master of Business Administration (MBA): France, Spain, and Morocco.


Note: ACM is not accepting application to the Master of Arts in Media Studies for the Fall 2024. 

To be considered, applicants must have (or will have earned by the time of enrollment) a post-secondary diploma. A phone or virtual meeting with an ACM admissions team member may be required to gather additional information from applicants.

Admission to the ACM graduate programs is based on a review of the following items:

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Official Transcript
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) or Resume
  5. One Letter of Recommendation*
  6. Proof of English Language Proficiency (if applicable)
  7. $60 Non-refundable Application Fee
  8. Program-Specific Requirements:
    • MFA Program:
      • Portfolio of 20 images of recent work including a minimum of 5 drawings and 10 paintings
      • Writing sample
      • Meeting with the Dean of ACM's School of Art
    • MAAH Program:
      • Writing sample
      • Meeting with the Dean of ACM's School of Art
    • MBA Program:
      • GMAT/GRE Scores (if applying for merit scholarships)
*Both the MFA & MAAH programs require two Letters of Recommendation.

Online Application
Students complete the application form online. In order to gain access, students must first register for a MyACM Account.

Transcripts
Students are required to mail in an official hard copy of their transcript to the address below or submit an official electronic copy to admissions@acmfrance.org. Students have the option to upload an unofficial copy to their MyACM account that ACM will use to review their application, however, acceptance is conditional upon receiving the official hard or electronic copy. If the student is currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution, ACM requires that the student send a final official transcript after they graduate with completed courses and graduation date listed.

For students who have completed coursework at institutions outside of the United States, a Course-by-Course Evaluation report of their transcript/s from World Education Services (WES) may be necessary as part of their application. Even if classes were taught in English and the transcript is written in English, an evaluation may be required. This is up to the discretion of the ACM admissions team. For students who will be sending a final transcript after graduation, a Course-by-Course Evaluation report from WES of their final transcript may be required at that time. Please direct WES to mail an official copy of the evaluation report to the address below.

The American College of the Mediterranean
409 Camino del Rio South
Suite #200
San Diego, CA 92108

Personal Statement (Maximum 700 Words)
As part of the online application, students are required to submit a personal statement in response to the following prompt:

Describe why you are applying to this specific Master's program at ACM. Describe your interest in this field and your motivation in continuing your education at ACM. Please also include what you hope to gain through graduate study and any career goals you may have.

NOTE: Master of Arts in French Studies applicants are required to submit a personal statement in French.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) or Résumé
To gain a broader sense of the applicant's experiences and interests, ACM requires a C.V. or resume of (at least) the past five years of university and/or employment history; community, professional, and/or university extracurricular activities; and recognitions and achievements.

Letter of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation must be submitted via email to admissions@acmfrance.org. These recommendations can be done by a teacher, professor, advisor, supervisor, employer, or someone who can speak to the applicant's strengths as a student and a person. Letters must be emailed by the individual writing the recommendation. 

NOTE: Letters of recommendations are waived for IAU alumni applying to MAFS, MAIE, MAIR, MBA. 

Proof of English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English, unless they have been attending an English-speaking school/university for at least 3 years, must submit an official TOEFL score or IELTS English language proficiency exam. ACM requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. This requirement may be waived by ACM's U.S. Office of Admissions under certain circumstances.

Non-Refundable Application Fee
The $60 application fee (waived for IAU alumni) is required before an application is considered complete and ready for review.

Program-Specific Requirements:

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Portfolio: 20 images of recent work including a minimum of 5 drawings and 10 pieces relating to the applicant's painting concentration

Submitting Portfolio Files: Portfolio files must be submitted using Dropbox. If an applicant does not already have an account, one can be created for free at www.dropbox.com.

To submit these files, create a new folder named LastName.FirstName_MFAApplication and add all portfolio-related files. Images should be submitted as JPEG’s no larger than 1 MB each (approximately 1400 pixels in either direction at a resolution of 100 dpi). Please format image files: LastName.FirstName_1.jpg - LastName.FirstName_20.jpg.

Click “share” from the Dropbox menu to generate a link. Send this link to admissions@ACMFrance.org with the subject line: MFA Application Files for Lastname.FirstName.

NOTE: Dropbox preserves the time of each folder’s last modification, and after sharing the folder link with ACM, we ask that no further changes are made in the MFA Application folder.

A writing sample is required in the MFA application process. The writing sample an be an academic paper, essay, or journal that you have previously written for a course during your undergraduate studies. Its purpose is to review your ability to analyze a specific topic in culture and/or history, a work of art, etc. It acts as a sample of your academic writing skills.

Upon submission of the application, the applicant will meet with the Director of ACM's School of Art for further discussion.

Master of Art in Art History (MAAH)

A writing sample is required in the MAAH application process. The writing sample an be an academic paper, essay, or journal that you have previously written for a course during your undergraduate studies. Its purpose is to review your ability to analyze a specific topic in culture and/or history, a work of art, etc. It acts as a sample of your academic writing skills.

Upon submission of the application, the applicant will meet with the Director of ACM's School of Art for further discussion.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
GMAT/GRE scores are not required for admittance but can be submitted at the time of application as supplementary documentation. However, to be considered for merit scholarships, official score reports from either or both tests are required and should be sent to ACM directly from the respective agency. 


Non-Refundable Enrollment Deposit
A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $500 is due at the time of application if applying after June 1st. If an application is not accepted, the enrollment deposit will be refunded. Students who apply before this date have until June 1st to submit the deposit. 

Fees can be submitted via check (for U.S. Citizens only) to our U.S. Office of Admissions or through the secure credit card authorization form on our online payment portal.

ACM Scholarships and Financial Aid
Students can apply for ACM scholarships and grants as part of their online application. Types of aid available can be viewed on the Financial Aid webpage.


The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM) welcomes students from all backgrounds and identities and encourages them to fully engage in the rich and complicated history of the Mediterranean. The Admissions Committee appreciates maturity, independence, openness to difference, curiosity, and resilience. 
 
ACM admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. ACM does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email admissions@acmfrance.org or call 800.221.2051.

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