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Design Graduate Program - Information for Current Students


One Stop:  The University of Minnsota's One Stop student services website is a central information resource for students, faculty, and staff.  Information related to registration, finances, and services can be found here:  onestop.umn.edu.


Main Office:  The main office is located in 240 McNeal Hall.  Staff hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.  The office is closed for lunch 12:00 -1:00.


New Student Quick Start Guide:   Important information you need to to know before arriving on campus.


GPAS - Graduate Planning and Audit System.   Students who entered the program Fall 2016 or after will use the online GPAS system instead of the paper Graduate Degree Plan.  Access GPAS through MyU>Academics>Degree Progress>Graduate Planning and Audit System.


Emails and Listserv:  Your U of M email account is the university's official means of communication.  You should send and receive all emails concerning U of M matters through this account.


The program also has a listserv specifically for Design program students.  You are automically enrolled as a new student.   Students are able to post to this listserv by sending emails to dhagraduatestudents-l@lists.umn.edu from their U of M email account.  If you have any problems with the listserv, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.




Policies, Procedures, Forms

Annual Review

Advisor and Committee Members

Change Committee Member and/or Adviser

Curriculum Vitae

Degree Planning Worksheets

Degree Plan / Planner

Dissertation Contract

Contract for Directed Studies and Readings

Course Substitutions and Allocation

Degree Completion and Graduation

Design Graduate Program Handbook


Exam Information

GPAS - For students entering Fall 2016 and later

Incomplete Contract

Leave of Absence

MFA Thesis Guidelines (download)

Registration (includes Contract forms)

Transfer Credits


Research Resources

How to Find Dissertations & Theses


Funding Sources

Conference Travel Funding

Funding Graduate Student Research and Special Projects

University of Minnesota


Career Development

Graduate Student Job Search

Leadership Opportunities

Versatile PhD


Student Assistance
Diversity Resources

Student Mental Health

International Student & Scholar Services


Workshops, Labs, Collections, Facilities

Goldstein Museum of Design

Human Dimensioning© Lab

Wearable Technology Lab

Fabrication Shops

Imaging Lab

All CDES Labs

Study Spaces at Mcgrath Library (Reservable)


Other Resources

DHA Intranet

Dissertation Support Group, through Student Counseling Services

Program Statistics


Other Graduate Degree/Minors 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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