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Master of Design Admission Requirements

You must apply online at the Graduate School Web site: Graduate School Admissions. All application materials must be received by February 1 for the following fall.

  • Admission to the Master of Design program is based on:
  • university application forms
  • a baccalaureate design degree from an accredited college or university Note: A 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (in a 4.0 grading system) is required.
  • official transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended
  • at least two years of professional experience in design practice or teaching
  • a statement of intent that briefly explains educational and professional background and makes a convincing argument for the importance of graduate studies in relation to personal and professional goals and expectations for the future
  • examples of visual work (slides, laser-printed portfolio, cd-rom) as an indication of the level of skill development required to pursue graduate studies
  • at least three personal references who can comment on past performance and future potential in academic and professional efforts
  • applicants with English as a second language must have a score of 570 (paper-based) or 230 (computer-based) or 88 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a second language.

Additional Information

People with other backgrounds may not apply directly to the Master of Design Graduate Program. They should apply to - and be accepted into - one of the undergraduate programs in design: