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 either degree program tracks occurs annually for autumn semester attendance. 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. For University Fellowship consideration, deadline dates are listed under Additional Dates on the Graduate Applications Process page.

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
Peter Chan, Graduate Studies Chairperson, at

Student Thesis Work from the DAIM Program by Tom Heban.

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