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Doctor of Design Admissions

Doctor of Design Admissions

For practicing designers looking to develop a high level of expertise in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, industrial design, and other art + design fields supported by College faculty.


The Doctor of Design degree focuses on applied design research relevant to professional practice in design. We seek applicants who are self-directed, focused, and resilient—capable of independent inquiry and critical thinking in design-related challenges. Strong applicants will show a depth of experience and a record of expertise in the design enterprise. Successful applicants must provide:

  • A short statement of purpose for graduate study (not to exceed 400 words or 1-2 pages overall) will convince the reader that the applicant is motivated and prepared.
  • The capacity to articulate a clear topic with specific research questions for a clear and compelling design investigation (statement not to exceed 750 words or 2-3 pages overall).
  • A demonstrated mastery over their respective practices through the submission of a digital portfolio. The portfolio should highlight relevant professional experience and/or current accomplishments in a design firm or studio, public or private museum, or governmental agency involved in design/planning.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree and at least one degree from an accredited design, fine arts, or equivalent program. Applicants submit transcripts of previous academic work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (undergraduate and graduate studies) along with standardized graduate test scores such as the GRE* (Graduate Record Exam), and international students further provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Application checklist:

  • Undergrad and graduate degree transcripts (min 3.0 GPA)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)*
  • TOEFL or IELTS**
  • Curriculum vitae (cv)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Description of proposed topic with research questions
  • Digital portfolio of creative work and/or professional practice activities
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least one from the applicant’s current employer)

*Contact Program Director for waiving considerations and options.

**TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students only. If you have received a degree from an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction, this requirement may be waived.