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  Nov 27, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2020-2021 [Archived Catalog]

Graphic Design, M.S.

The Department of Art offers the Master of Science degree in Graphic Design. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work is required for the M.S. degree. The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Graphic Design is a 30 hour degree with 15 core hours (which includes 6 hours of a capstone project), 12 hours of Graphic Design and Graphic Design-related coursework, and 3 hours of an approved graduate level art elective. Courses will normally be offered to allow completion of course work in one year plus one semester of full-time study (12 hrs. per semester recommended load), but actual completion of course requirements is dependent on course availability and the taking of required courses when offered. The Department of Art cannot guarantee a completion date for the degree.

Application for Full Admission:

1.     Applicants interested in the 30 hour Master of Science in Graphic Design Degree must provide the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies with the following:

        a.  An online application for Graduate Admission, located on the website:

        b.  One official copy of all academic transcripts.

        c.  A $35.00 application fee.

        All admission documents must be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (Box 4067, Clinton, MS 39058).

2.     The admission requirements below will be reviewed by an appointed Department of Art Graduate Admissions Review Committee and the Graduate Graphic Design Coordinator.

        a.  The Department of Art requires applicants to have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or above.

        b.  Submit a formal statement of intent of 500-1,000 words setting forth a personal philosophy and professional objectives for the degree. Submit the statement, resume, and digital portfolio of images to

        c.  Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in graphic design, art, public relations, or communications with at least 18 hours of graphic design related course work.

        e.  Applicants must provide a current resume or vita.

        d.  For the M.S. in Graphic Design the applicant must provide a portfolio of artwork in graphic design showing proficiency in the use of Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign, and mastery in the use of design principles. The portfolio must consist of a maximum of 20 digital images. The applicant may provide the images in the form of either a PDF, JPEGS, or a link to a personal website. The portfolio of images may be sent  to Mr. Benjamin Ivey by email to The portfolio will be reviewed by an appointed graduate committee and an admission decision will be made.

        e.  At the option of the graduate admissions committee, applicants without this degree or equivalent undergraduate preparation may be required to take undergraduate prerequisite courses as specified prior to Regular Admission to the M.S. in Graphic Design program. 

International Student Admissions

International students must meet regular admission requirements as stated above. However, the following exception to admissions procedures of Mississippi College may be made for international students applying for the Master of Science:

The interview may take place upon arrival at Mississippi College. 

Scholarships for Graduate Candidates

The Department of Art offers a limited number of scholarships and assistantships for M Graphic Design candidates. Contact the Mississippi College Department of Art for details.

Additional scholarships and loans are available. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies or the Financial Aid Office.

All Master of Science in Graphic Design candidates must take one of the following courses:

•  ART 6507  - Research Topics in Art History:  Credits, 3 sem. hrs.  or

•  ART 6508  - Research Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles: Credits, 3 sem. hrs.

Candidates must complete six hours of directed projects:

ART 6415  and ART 6416  Graphic Design:  Directed Projects  I and II

These directed projects when taken for  the Master of Science in Graphic Design degree are studio courses which prove  that the candidate for the degree is capable of solving a creative problem  in visual art at a professional  level with adequate scope,  and is also capable of scholarly research that demonstrates, supports, and analyzes the creative problem  along with historical and critical perspectives  applicable  to the creative problem. 

Transfer Credit

A student may request to transfer a maximum of 6 hours of graduate credit from another regionally accredited college or university. Only courses in which the student received the grade of B or higher may be transferred.  Contact the Graduate Coordinator /or the Department of Art for details.

All other conditions and requirements outlined by the Graduate School concerning transfer credit must be observed. Refer to the General Requirements for Graduation in this catalog.

Master of Science in Graphic Design: Program of Study

30 semester hours of graduate credit in art in a program of studies to be approved by the graduate coordinator and the graduate Graphic Design Coordinator, to include:

NOTE: Courses ART 6591 , ART 6592 , and ART 6593  may be repeated as necessary for up to six hours credit. In most cases, the student should not expect to earn more than six semester hours in any combination of field experiences courses.

A. Core Courses (15 semester hours)

One of these:

And the following:

B. Graphic Design Courses

12 semester hours in graphic design or graphic design-related courses as approved by the graduate graphic design coordinator from the following:

Graphic Design Courses:

Graphic Design-related courses:

C. Approved elective graduate course in art (3 sem. hrs.)