dha College of Design
Design, Housing, and Apparel Design Graduate Program-Application Information




There are two deadlines for application for admission:


December 15:  For applicants who wish to be considered for assistantships or would like an early decision.


April 15:  Applications received December 16 through April 15 will be reviewed, but may not be considered for assistantships. 


Both deadlines are for admission to the graduate program beginning the following fall semester. There is no spring admission. 


Note:  All materials must be received by the deadline or your application will be considered incomplete and may not be considered for admission.


Information on Funding and Tuition:  Financial support in the form of graduate assistantships is available on a limited basis and is based upon the expertise of the student and the needs of the department. Assistantship offers will not be made until after the student has been accepted into the program.  Assistantship availability is not guaranteed.   More information.


Apply Online < link to application site

  • Application includes:
    • Personal Statement of Academic Goals (1-2 pages)
    • Diversity Statement
    • Unoffical transcripts from all colleges and universities which you have attended.
    • Three (3 ) Letters of Recommendation.   Requests for letters should be made via the online application system at least one month before the deadline to ensure that they are received in time.  You can make the requests as soon as you begin your application and prior to submitting it.   You do not need to wait for the letters to appear in your applicatin in order to submit it. 
    • GRE -- Graduate Record Examination scores, sent to the University of Minnesota Graduate School. Code: 6874. Test must be taken no later than one month prior to the application deadline to ensure scores are posted by the deadline. Please also include your self-reported scores in the onine applicatin.  The GRE is required for all applicants.
    • For non-native speakers of English only: TOEFL -- Test of English as a Foreign Language scores, sent to the University of Minnesota Graduate School.  Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken. There are no exceptions to this requirement. 
    • Writing Sample (for PhD applicants only).  Writing sample must be written solely by the applicant, not to exceed 20 pages.
    • Application Fee


For applicants to Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Apparel Studies (Product Development only):



In addition to the requirements listed above, please also submit a portfolio of creative work consisting of 15-20 examples.  This should be in the form of a single PDF uploaded directly to the application.   You may also include a link to your online portfolio in your application.


Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship:



Applicants who wish to be considered for the DOVE Fellowship must apply by the December 15 deadline.   Please indicate your interest in the fellowship in your Diversity Statement and outline why you believe you would be a good candidate (see the DOVE page for more information).  If your application is considered for nomination, you will be contacted directly by our department prior to the fellowship deadline.   


Questions?  Contact us! dhagrad@umn.edu


Other graduate level learning opportunities related to Design:

Human Factors and Ergonomics

Product Design Graduate Minor

Museum Studies Graduate Minor



Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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