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Communication Design

Graduate Advisor
Claudia Roeschmann
JCM, Room 2111

Advisor Support
Christine Haney
JCM, Room 2110

Texas State’s revolutionary approach puts the needs of working designers on equal footing with full-time students. The program favors next-generation technologies for e-learning over traditional methods to teach advanced problem-solving methodologies, updated technological advancement relating to communication design, and examination of historical events within the discipline and theoretical constructs.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.F.A 60 Thesis No minor

Online Availability
The majority of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit the International Office regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall March 31 March 31
Spring October 31 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
The deadlines to apply for certain types of funding may be earlier than the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review important information about the ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Review important information about application fees.

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree in communication design, advertising art direction and design, digital media design, graphic design, illustration or related field from a regionally accredited university. Read additional information below.
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • academic and professional statement of purpose (300-500 words). You will be evaluated on:
    • your written communication skills
    • how your goals align with offered courses
    • your past student and professional experiences
    • awarded local, regional, national and/or international design projects
  • online portfolio (professional and/or student) showcasing at least 20 works in communication design. Each sample must be clearly identified with communicative message or project mission, media, and publishing information. Please create a PDF document that includes the portfolio URL and submit the PDF document online via GADU. Read additional information about evaluation criteria.
  • resume/CV
  • three letters of recommendation from persons capable of evaluating your academic and professional ability

  Review important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review important information about official test scores.

Additional Information

  Degree and Background Course Work
This program offers a leveling program on a case-by-case basis to students who submit strong application materials but lack some communication design skills. Leveling students are conditionally accepted into the M.F.A. program to take four leveling courses, two in the fall and two in the spring, with a "B" or better. Leveling courses do not earn credit towards the M.F.A. degree in communication design.

Your portfolio will be evaluated on:

  • ideation/design/presentation
  • role and scope of work
  • peer-review (state, regional, national, or international)