Graduate Admissions: Design Tech


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Master of Science, Design Technology (M.S. DT)

The deadline for receiving application materials for the M.S. DT program is January 3. This includes the portfolio, which must be submitted at the same time as the rest of the application. There is no spring semester admission. Students interested in the M.S. DT program must submit an online application with supporting documentation, including:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from each college or university previously attended

  • All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement 

    • For applicants to the M.S. DT program who must submit TOEFL/IELTS scores, AAP has a preferred minimum overall score of 100 for the TOEFL iBT and an overall band score of 7 for IELTS. Section minimums set by the graduate school must also still be met

  • Academic Statement of Purpose
    • Please use the Academic Statement of Purpose to describe (within 1000 words) the substantive research questions you are interested in pursuing during your graduate studies and explain how our program would help you achieve your intellectual goals. Additionally, detail your academic background, intellectual interests, and any training or research experience you have received that you believe has prepared you for our program. Within your statement, please also identify specific faculty members whose research interests align with your own interests.
  • A portfolio of creative work or equivalent must be submitted online via the CollegeNET application. Portfolios must be no larger than 20 MB, or they will not successfully upload. All applicants are required to submit a portfolio that should represent the applicant's best work, including prior academic or professional work in the areas of design and emerging technologies or design adjacent fields. For applicants with prior degrees outside of design disciplines, published scientific and technical papers may be submitted in addition to or in lieu of a portfolio. The entire portfolio must be uploaded as one PDF file, using a landscape (horizontal) format for each page, to ensure that the width of the screen is maximally used to view each portfolio page (approximately a 4:3 ratio). If any portfolio project, drawing, or model has been produced by several designers or if the design was produced in a professional setting, each drawing must be labeled, clearly stating the number of designers, which drawings or details of drawings were produced by the applicant and a list of the names of all members of the group project. If the project was produced in an office, an office setting, or as an assistant to an author, the office name, supervisor, and all members of the team must be identified. Please note: The portfolio must be uploaded at the same time as the application is submitted (deadline January 3). Please plan your application process accordingly.
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing Sample 
  • The GRE general test is not a required component of the application
  • Apply now to the M.S. DT program
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