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: https://www.mc.edu/application/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.