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Master of Graphic & Experience Design

Take a leadership position in user experience and user interface design (UX/UI) at a software company or design consultancy. Or become a faculty member at a research university.


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The Master of Graphic & Experience Design (MGXD) moves students toward a deeper knowledge of graphic and experience design through purposeful, individually driven design practice. Inquiry into contemporary and emergent design issues prepares graduates for leadership positions in user experience and user interface design (UX/UI), with expertise in research, data visualization, digital typography, and artificial intelligence. Successful completion of the MGXD results in a terminal degree, equivalent to the MFA, and qualifies graduates to teach at the university level or to pursue a PhD in Design. We are one of the few programs in the U.S. with STEM Classification (CIP).

The NC State Master of Graphic & Experience Design (MGXD) is consistently recognized as one of the top NASAD accredited graduate graphic and experience design programs in the country. The faculty is nationally and internationally recognized (see Faculty at a Glance). Alumni are designers in enterprise-level software companies and leading design consultancies (such as IBM, RedHat, Lenovo, Adobe, IDEO, Fjord), as well as, faculty members in colleges and universities (including University of Washington, Pratt Institute, Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan).

Today’s the day!! 🎓🐺❤️
Congratulations to every @ncstatedesign student graduating today, especially our seven MGXD’23 graduates!! We are so proud of the work you have done here at NC State and can’t wait to see the great things you’ll do in the future. #ncstatedesign #mgxd
Join us today at 2pm for the final presentation of the 10th Annual SAS + NCSU Design Collaboration Project. Four of our Track III MGXD students will be presenting system visualizations with their respective groups. 
🔗 Join at: or DM us and we will send the link to you directly. 
#ncstatedesign #uxui
NC State MGD (now MGXD) alums: stop by Open Studio, Friday April 21, 2:00-5:00. Take a peek at current work and catch up with friends! #ncstatedesign #mgxd
Congrats to Dr. Matt Peterson who was awarded this year’s Graduate School Outstanding Mentor Award! #mgxd #ncstatedesign
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