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 degree in design or a related field from an accredited college or university. A 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (in a 4.0 grading system) is required. 
  • unofficial transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended. Note: Official transcripts are not required during the admissions process, and only unofficial transcripts are required for the application. Applicants should not send official transcripts until they are offered admission. For complete requirements please visit the Graduate School transcript requirements:
  • a resume or cirriculum vitae summarizing accomplishments to date.
  • at least two years of professional experience in design practice or teaching. Internships and sponsored projects can count towards this time.
  • a statement of intent that briefly answers the following: 

1- Name at least one faculty member with whom you’d like to work and explain why. 

2- One of the benefits of studying in a tier 1 research University is the access to many other disciplines of research and study. What other departments at UC could you imagine making use of, either for study or collaboration?

3- If you were able to get a research grant, what problem would you focus on and what would you propose to do?

  • a portfolio that includes 12-15 examples of visual work and completed projects as an indication of the level of skill development required to pursue graduate studies. A few examples should show the development process that led to the final project. This document must be submitted here: are no longer accepting website links or hard copies of portfolios. 
  • 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 (TOEFL). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted. For IELTS, an overall band score of 6.5 is needed. 


Please do not ask us to verify that we have received your materials. If there is an issue, we will contact you to tell you something is missing. If you have questions about your application, please contact Sheri Cottingim at or 513-556-4377. 

Master of Design