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ASU's Master's in Design (MSD) is a research degree and not a practice degree. It is centered on the systematic and methodological investigation of issues important to design. It is also multidisciplinary; it provides an educational environment that works across the many disciplines housed within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. The four MSD concentration areas are healthcare and healing environments, industrial design, interior design, and visual communication design.

The MSD program has four goals: (1) To provide graduate education for students who have a baccalaureate degree in industrial design, interior design, visual communication design, or a related design discipline; (2) To provide the opportunity for the development of specialized research skills to support the professions of industrial design, interior design, and visual communication design; (3) To provide the opportunity for design professionals to gain the necessary research skills for academic and professional careers; and, (4) To develop critical skills that enable the graduates to contribute to the literature of design through articles, essays, books and presentations.

MSD students must complete 36 credit hours which include core courses, electives pertinent to each particular concentration, and either a six-credit thesis or an applied project.

The MSD is taught by faculty in all the concentration areas: industrial design, interior design, visual communication design. There are 18 full-time faculty members with a variety of expertise in design methods, design theory, and design practice.

Our 2-year programs admit for fall and the 3+ programs for summer; applications are accepted annually from September 15 to January 15. More information can be found at or by emailing

After admission to their degree program, WRGP qualified applicants may apply to the WRGP program by submitting the WICHE WRGP Application Form found at

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

The Design School
Graduate Coordinators
Corie Cisco – 480-727-7919
Jessica Vasquez – 480-965-1174

Degrees Available