Graduate Program

The 30-unit, two-year Master of Arts in Design program emphasizes problem-solving methodologies and their application to both conceptual and practical problems. The program is interdisciplinary across visual communication and product design. Students develop a specialized area of focus with assistance from faculty advisors and through engagement with their graduate culminating project (thesis or creative work).

Composit of three graduate students

User-centered design methods, universal (inclusive) design, design with community partners, and socially motivated projects are particularly strong areas of our teaching, and align with SF State's mission to prepare students to be innovators and leaders in their communities and beyond.

Graduate Program joins WRGP

We are pleased to announce that the School of Design is now part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) which enables students in 16 Western states and territories to enroll in participating public graduate programs as nonresidents, yet pay the lower resident tuition rate. This will apply to students from the 16 applicable states who enroll in the MA in Design program starting Fall 2019.

Program highlights

  • Faculty expertise ranging from product design to graphic design, visual communication, interactive design, digital modeling and fabrication
  • Open to students from both design and non-design backgrounds
  • Opportunities to participate in dynamic San Francisco Bay Area design community
  • Outstanding faculty to student ratio
  • On-site design facilities
  • Accessible class schedules to accommodate working students
  • International student applicants are welcome

Contact Hsiao-Yun Chu, the graduate coordinator, for more information.


Donate to the MA in Design Program

Please consider making a donation directly to the Masters in Design program. If you are interested in exploring alternative methods of supporting the program, whether through targeted donations or through non-financial means, please contact the department director, Prof Mari Hulick, or the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Hsiao-Yun Chu. Targeted donations could range from donating book collections to endowing a named professorial chair. The program welcomes all manner of support from friends and alumni.

Online donation form