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Master of Graphic & Experience Design Admissions

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Important Dates

  • January 15: Priority application deadline for domestic and international students (fall admission).
  • March 1: Regular application deadline for domestic and international students (fall admission)
  • Prospective students can apply after these deadlines, although open seats are not guaranteed. Applications will be considered until seats are filled.
  • March 31: Notification to students regarding admission status (applicants check status through the online system)
  • June: Pre-registration of incoming graduate students for fall courses
  • August: New College of Design graduate student orientation
  • Mid-August: First day of fall classes

Be sure to use the online system to apply. You will need the following:

  • Personal statement of career objectives, prior experience, intention of graduate study, and their relevance to the Master of Graphic & Experience Design program.
  • Resume: include under “PDF Documents” in the online system
  • Portfolio of work: 5 visual examples for initial application review.
  • A portfolio website that represents the range and depth of visual work beyond the initial 5 review examples.
    • Label each project as professional, student, or self-generated work. 
    • List the year that the work was created, and briefly describe the project. 
    • Provide the URL link in the resumé.
  • Uploaded unofficial transcripts for each institution attended (official transcripts will be required if admitted).
    • We require a minimum 3.0 GPA from most recent undergraduate degree at the college level.
  • Three uploaded letters of recommendation from people who know your academic record
  • A fee of $75 for US applicants ($85 for international applicants) due at the time of application.

Additional materials for international applicants:

  • For international applicants whose first language is not English: TOEFL or IELTS scores.
    • Combined score of 80 and at least 18 on each individual component
    • OR minimum IELTS score for international students
      • Overall band score of at least 6.5 in each individual component
    • OR provide Duolingo score of 110 or better
    • OR be a citizen of a country where English is the official language and the language of instruction in higher education.
    • International students who have successfully completed at least one year of full-time study at a four-year US college or university do not have to submit TOEFL and/or IELTS scores. To request a waiver, contact the Graduate Admissions Office.
    • Residency statement for US citizens only (more info)

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