Information for applying to the master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in design is listed below.


  • Application deadline: February 1 for summer admission. Please note that we are not accepting applications for Summer 2024 admission.
  • To be considered for merit-based awards, please submit your application by February 1.
  • Design currently does not offer fall or spring admission.

Please note: Students will begin their studies in the summer. A background in design is required for admission to this program. Students may also gain basic technical skills and design methodology prior to beginning the program through a series of courses identified with your graduate advisor. All students will attend a summer orientation to gain an understanding of the many opportunities for focused research on our campus. They are also required to take DES 648 Intro to Design Communication along with DES 601 Design Thinking and Strategies in preparation for the fall semester.

Application Process

Step 1: Apply to the Syracuse University Graduate School

Step 2: Submit Your Portfolio

Once your application has been submitted and reviewed by the faculty committee, you may be contacted to arrange for an online meeting to discuss your interest in the M.F.A. in design program and how it relates to your future goals.

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