MA in Design at KU
Graduate education in the Department of Design emphasizes the development of skills and expertise to allow graduates to exhibit leadership in the ever-expanding domain of design. The Department currently offers a Master of Arts in Design (MA) degree with 2 concentrations: Design Management and Strategy or Interaction and User Experience Design.
Master of Arts in Design (MA)
The Design Management and Strategy concentration educates students in the theory, methods, and practices relevant to managing design in an organizational and business context. The program gives students the requisite knowledge to augment their professional skills and abilities, perform as effective design managers, and advance their careers.
The Interaction Design and User Experience Design concentration educates students in the theory, methods, and practices of interaction design. It gives students the requisite professional knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform as interaction designers.
By permission of the Kansas Board of Regents, application for admission to graduate programs in the Department of Design may be refused if available instructional space does not allow the addition of more students.
A departmental graduate faculty committee reviews transcripts and evaluates applications to determine admission qualifications. Applicants to the M.A. program must have undergraduate and/or professional backgrounds judged by the Graduate Faculty to be appropriate preparation for the specialization selected.
Fall: Priority deadline is April 15; Final deadline is July 1
Spring: Priority deadline is November 15; Final deadline is December 1
- A complete application for admission consists of the following materials:Graduate application fee
- Curriculum Vitae or resume
- A statement of design philosophy and approach
- One unofficial copy of the transcript where the undergraduate degree was confirmed, and one copy of the transcript where any graduate degree/credit was earned (if applicable)
- Three recommendations from people in a position to comment on your abilities and performance
- A portfolio of your design work, or samples of written or other creative artifacts you have produced if your prior education or training was not in a design-related discipline. Portfolio content should represent the scope of your knowledge and experience to date. Please include any documentation of your work that might explain the task, challenge or process involved, your role and the role of others in its execution. We prefer receiving your portfolio digitally (upload under “other documents” during the online application process). The portfolio is limited to 10MB (not zipped) in PDF format.
Additional requirements for international applicants:
- Official TOEFL or IELTS score report if English is not your native language or if you do not have a degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.
- Financial statement showing you have funds for your first year of study. The financial statement may be submitted after the admission decision is made.
Students must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program. A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred for admission.