Graduate Studies

The Department of Design has granted hundreds of graduate degrees since its formation in 1968. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree is considered to be a terminal degree in Design, and is widely recognized in the US as the minimum qualification for full-time, college-level design educators.

Current information about the graduate program in design is provided via the links in the menu to the right.

Admission to the Design Graduate Program


Admission to our our two degree program tracks occurs annually. The deadline for all materials to be submitted to both the university's Graduate Admissions Office and the Department of Design is January 7th. Any applications determined to be incomplete by that date will not be considered for admission. International applicants for University Fellowship consideration must apply to graduate admissions by November 30th.

This process is highly-competitive, as the number of applications received far exceeds the number of students admitted. Please see the link in the menu to the right for more information concerning the application process.

Courses for Non-Admitted Students


Potential graduate students may register with the university on either a "continuing-education" or a "non-degree seeking" basis, and take courses while going through the admissions process. Most graduate design courses are open to admitted students only, but other students may request instructor permission to register.

Contacts for the Design Graduate Program


Please direct inquiries to:
Polly Graham, Graduate Coordinator, at graham.311@osu.edu.
R. Brian Stone, Graduate Studies Chairperson, at stone.158@osu.edu


Student Thesis Work from the DAIM Program by Tom Heban.


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