Applicants must apply directly to the IMGD program using WPI's online application for graduate science and engineering programs. Admission is rolling, with applications reviewed as they are submitted. However, for full consideration for funding beginning in the fall semester, applications should be received by January 1st. The application packet must consist of the following:
- Statement of purpose that details: the student’s goals, and the student’s previous industry or academic experiences.
- Proof of a four-year degree. Applicants who are not participating in the BS/MS program must submit a final transcript showing that they have completed a bachelor's degree or its equivalent before enrolling in the MS program.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on the student’s qualification for pursuing graduate study in IMGD.
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a portfolio of their work along with their application (web link preferred).
In order to be capable of performing graduate level work at WPI, applicants should have a solid background in interactive media. Such experience can be obtained from typical four-year degrees in Computer Science or digital arts, or from four-year degrees in entertainment technologies, such as the IMGD undergraduate program at WPI. In some cases an interview may be requested.
Applicants with other degrees are welcome to apply if they can demonstrate their readiness through other means, such as a portfolio or academic/professional experience. Once admitted to the IMGD graduate program, each student will be assigned an IMGD faculty advisor. Each student must file a Program of Study signed by his/her advisor that lists the course credits for which the student expects to register as well as any thesis or project credits.