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Master of Graphic Design Admissions

Important Dates

  • January 15: Priority application deadline for domestic and international students (fall admission)
    • Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • March 1-31: Notification to students regarding admission status (applicants check their status through the online system)
  • March 1: University deadline for international applications for fall admission
  • April 15: Deadline for students notifying the College of Design that they intend to matriculate in fall
  • 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

Academic Qualifications

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA from all previous study at the college level
  • Acceptable minimum online TOEFL score:
    • Graphic Design: 100
  • OR minimum IELTS score for international students
    • Graphic Design: 70
  • 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.

A fee of $75 for US applicants ($85 for international applicants) is due at the time of application.

No admissions decisions will be made on the basis of email correspondence. All applicants must use the online system and provide the following:

  • Personal Statement stating career objectives, prior experience, intention of graduate study, and their relevance to the selected program at NC State University
  • A portfolio of work as per the requirements of your desired discipline
  • Uploaded unofficial transcripts for each institution attended (official transcripts will be required if admitted)
  • Three uploaded letters of recommendation from people who know your academic record
  • GRE institution code for NC State is 5496
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students only
    • TOEFL institution code for NC State is 5496
  • Residency statement for US citizens only (more info)
  • Personal resume
    • Include under “PDF Documents” in the online system

Program-Specific Admissions Criteria

In addition to Graduate School admission requirements, the MGD program requires:

  • 5 visual examples for initial application review.
  • A portfolio website that extensively represents the full range and depth of applicant visual work beyond the initial 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.
  • From applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design (or a similar visual communication discipline): GRE scores. The program considers the GRE score in relation to all other submitted application information, therefore, there is no threshold score.
  • From international applicants whose first language is not English: TOEFL or IELTS scores. (Minimum scores: TOEFL 100, IELTS 7.)

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