Master of Arts in Design

Program Requirements and Curriculum

For graduates, the normal load during spring and fall is from nine to twelve units per Fall and Spring semester. For international students, immigration regulations require a minimum academic load of twelve units for undergraduates and eight units for graduates for spring and fall semesters.

Additional details about the Master of Arts in Design are available from the SF State Bulletin (Catalog).

Program Learning Outcomes

The M.A. in Design Program will help students to:

  • Prepare to pursue professional work in design firms, teaching, project management, strategic planning for design firms, or management roles in technology.
  • Build problem-solving competencies, both conceptual and practical.
  • Study visual communication design and product design with an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Work closely with graduate advisors to design an M.A. program that meets their career goals.
  • Engage in focused, critical research into a chosen design problem.
  • Develop a specialized area of study in graphic design/visual communication design, product design/manufacturing, industrial technology, project management, or digital media.
  • Develop a Culminating Experience Proposal and Project reflective of their professional interests.
  • Program may help students prepare for doctoral work at other institutions.

Fees and Expenses


  • Estimated Per Semester Resident Tuition and Fees: $4,346.00

Nonresident (U.S. and International)

In addition to the estimated regular tuition and registration fees listed above, nonresidents of the State of California must pay an additional $396 per unit (or fraction) for nonresident tuition fee. The total nonresident tuition fee paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken.

  • Estimated Per Semester Nonresident Tuition and Fees: $7,910-$9,098, depending on number of units enrolled

Schedule of Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid and Scholarships