IMAP Frequently Asked Questions

IMAP 2018-2019 Handbook

Where are you physically located?

IMAP is located on campus of New Jersey City University in the New York City Metro area, approximately 7 miles from downtown Manhattan. NJCU is connected to Manhattan via public transportation and a commute to the World Trade Center takes 40 minutes.

Who should apply?

Students with undergraduate degrees in fine arts, filmmaking, animation, design and other creative fields are encouraged to apply. We will also consider applicants with other related specialized fields, for example computer science for new media artists or writing/literature for narrative media makers. We welcome international applicants with certified degrees, please email us at imap@njcu.edu to discuss language proficiency requirements.

What is the cost of attending IMAP?

Please see Graduate Tuition Information.

What kind of financial aid is available to students?

IMAP specific opportunities

IMAP offers two graduate fellowships to selected first year students. Some teaching assistantships may also be available, TBA at the beginning of each semester.

General NJCU graduate opportunities

All NJCU graduate students may be eligible for scholarships and loans. In addition, each year, NJCU offers highly-qualified students a limited number of graduate assistantships covering tuition and fees for full-time graduate study.

NJCU Stimulus Scholarship

The Stimulus Scholarship provides up to $400 in graduate aid for new graduate students who are admitted for a degree or certification program. Qualified students can receive a $200 discount or credit for their first graduate class and another $200 discount or credit for their second class. The graduate scholarships may only be used during the student’s first term. Students whose tuition is paid through tuition waivers or grants are not eligible for this scholarship. Once registered online through GothicNet for their first classes, eligible students may apply online for this Scholarship.

Alumni Scholarship Program

Created for NJCU undergraduate degree program alumni, the Alumni Scholarship provides a $100 graduate tuition discount for each of the student’s first two classes. Students whose tuition is paid through waiver or grants are not eligible for this Scholarship. Once registered online through GothicNet for their first classes, eligible students may request the Alumni Scholarship by sending an email to gradadmissions@njcu.edu that includes their GothicNet ID. Alumni may not receive both the Alumni Scholarship and the Stimulus Scholarship awards.

Veterans’ Benefits

A veteran whose entitlements have not expired may qualify for graduate educational benefits through the Veterans Administration. Any veteran who believes that he or she is eligible may contact the Coordinator of Veterans Affairs at New Jersey City University or the local VA office for instructions and application forms. Benefits may be awarded to both part-time and full-time students. For additional information call Elaine Gargiulo, Coordinator of Veterans Benefits, at (201) 200-2157.  Veteran students can find more information at the NJCU Veterans Benefits website.

EOF Graduate Benefits

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Graduate Program provides graduate aid to full-time graduate students who meet eligibility requirements, providing students with grants totaling up to $2,300 per year. Those interested in applying to the EOF Graduate Program should contact the EOF Director at 201.200.3355. Before applying, students must be full-time matriculated students or have an intention to matriculate. In addition, they must submit either a Graduate and Professional Financial Aid Service Form (GAPSFAS) or a Financial Aid Form (FAF) and appropriate documentation to the Financial Aid Office. Qualified students must be registered

What can I do with an IMAP degree?

An MFA time is a unique opportunity to focus on a creation of a substantial body of work. It is the time to create a professional support network, which will nourish an artist for the duration of their career. It is also the opportunity to learn new technical skills and expand intellectually. Academically, an MFA is a terminal, professional degree. This means that IMAP alumni have the basic credentials to apply for undergraduate and graduate teaching positions all over the world.

Does IMAP accept part-time students?

Yes! We are now open to part-time applicants. Evening track possible.