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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). However, prospective students can apply after the priority deadline. Applications will be considered until seats are filled.
  • March 1-31: Notification to priority application 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. 
    • Minimum scores: TOEFL 100, IELTS 7 
    • TOEFL institution code for NC State is 5496
    • 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.
    • Residency statement for US citizens only (more info)

Additional Materials for applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree in Graphic & Experience 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. 
    • GRE institution code for NC State is 5496 
    • Note: GRE may be waived dependent of GPA.