Graphic Design


The Iowa State University Graphic Design Department offers two graduate degrees: the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Graphic Design and the Master of Arts (MA) in Graphic Design. The focus in each of these degree programs is on expanding your knowledge through new problem-finding/solving situations. Each course of study relies heavily on such areas as methodology, history, research and testing to arrive at fresh new communications.

Doctoral Degrees Offered: None

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Online Degrees: None

Area(s) of Specialization (will appear on all ISU transcripts after graduation): Environmental Graphic Design (M.A.);

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Meredith Foley
Phone: 515-294-0816
E-mail Address:


ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: February 1st if applying for an assistantship April 1st for anticipated fall entry without an assistantship.

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

Digital portfolio (.pdf or website)

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
PTE 53

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

Graduate Coordinator Assistant
College of Design Business Center
146 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3094