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 in Experiential Graphic Design (MAxGD). 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: There are three review periods for graduate admission. Please submit your application by February 1 if you are applying for a graduate assistantship. Otherwise, submit your application by April 1 for anticipated fall-semester entry or by October 31 for anticipated spring-semester entry. All materials must be available on the deadline date, or you may not be considered for admission.

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 Program Coordinator
Iowa State University
College of Design
297 College of Design
Ames, IA 50011-3094