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.  Decisions are usually emailed to applicants by early March.


April 1:  Applications received December 16 through April 1 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.  Materials must be submitted via the online application (including letters of recommendation); do not mail hard copies. After faculty review your application, a faculty member may contact you for a follow-up on-line video, or telephone interview.


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


Link to application site: Apply Online

All application materials must be submitted online. Individuals must have adequate undergraduate education in the track and background in the basic disciplines of art, social science, physical science, and biological science appropriate to the track. To pursue a degree in the interior design track, a prior degree in interior design or architecture is required. If you do not have a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design or Architecture and are interested in education that would prepare you for interior design practice, please view information about the CIDA-accredited undergraduate program in interior design.


Students interested in pursuing a PhD must first complete a master’s degree.


  • Application includes:
    • Personal Statement of Academic Goals (1-2 pages) You should also identify a minimum of two faculty members whose research interests align with your own.
    • Diversity Statement (1 page or longer if applying for the DOVE)
    • Unofficial transcripts from ALL colleges and universities which you have attended, including any transfer coursework.
    • 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.  Your recommenders will submit their letters to the online system.  You do not need to wait for the letters to appear in your application in order to submit it. Your recommenders should complete the one page recommendation form and submit their 1-2 page recommendation letter as instructed.
    • GRE -- Graduate Record Examination scores are waived for all Fall 2021 applicants.
    • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native speakers of English only Test of English as a Foreign Language scores, sent to the University of Minnesota Graduate School - Twin Cities.  Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken.  In some cases post-secondary coursework in an English-speaking institution may be used as evidence of English proficiency, but review the restrictions very carefully as it is possible that you may not qualify.   For more info, see:  Test of English as a Foreign Language
    • Writing Sample (for PhD applicants only)  The writing sample should demonstrate your writing skills and your ability to analyze information and develop an argument and/or conclusion based on your analysis. It must be written solely by the applicant, not to exceed 20 pages.
    • Please identify a minimum of two faculty members from the application dropdown menu whose research interests align with your own.

    • Portfolio (if required, see below)
    • Resume or CV
    • Application Fee


For applicants to Product Design, a portfolio of work is recommended but not required (even if the work is not specifically design).



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 need to optimize or compress the file in order to meet the maximum file size.   You may also include a link to your online portfolio in your application.


Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship

















The Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE) administers the DOVE Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to approximately 15 first-year students from underrepresented groups (U.S. citizens or permanent residents). The fellowship provides a $25,000 stipend, tuition at general graduate rates (up to 14 credits per semester), and subsidized health insurance for one academic year.

















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.   

For more information about diversity resources at the University of Minnesota, see DIVERSITY MATTERS


Non-Degree Graduate Registration:

















If you are a graduate with a bachelor's or another postsecondary degree who is not admitted to, or currently active in, a University of Minnesota degree program, you can take graduate courses as a non-degree student. There are two ways to register depending on your status:  More info.


Questions?  Contact us! dhagrad@umn.edu



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