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1,845 Yearly Graduations
$40,600 Median Salary
$57,437 Median Debt
There are 130 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in design. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 19% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 43.7% of design graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Design Majors

In 2017-2018, 1,845 earned their master's degree in design. This makes it the 78th most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in design at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 19,801
Associate’s Degree 9,124
Basic Certificate 4,168
Undergraduate Certificate 2,388
Master’s Degree 1,845
Graduate Certificate 91
Doctor’s Degree 11

Earnings of Design Majors With Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in design is $40,600. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $36,800 and the high is $50,550.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in design is $57,437. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $86,414 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $46,173.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $669.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in design. About 67.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 603
Women 1,242
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in Design

The racial-ethnic distribution of design master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 102
Black or African American 107
Hispanic or Latino 110
White 627
International Students 807
Other Races/Ethnicities 92
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design Master's Degree Students

There are 130 colleges that offer a master’s degree in design. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

168 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for design students seekinga master's degree is Savannah College of Art and Design. Each year, around 13,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,630 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $37,530 per year.

The design program at Savannah College of Art and Design awarded 168 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 63% were women.

#2

Pratt Institute - Main

Brooklyn, New York
142 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pratt Institute - Main comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in design. Roughly 5,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,810 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $32,004 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 142 people received their master's degree in design from Pratt Institute. Of these students, 80% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California
139 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Academy of Art University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in design. Each year, around 11,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $22,008 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,744 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 139 people received their master's degree in design from Academy of Art University. About 75% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

The New School

New York, New York
90 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New School is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in design. Each year, around 10,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,997 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,669 per year.

The design program at The New School awarded 90 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 81% were women.

84 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York School of Interior Design is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in design. Each year, around 500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,900 per year.

The design program at New York School of Interior Design awarded 84 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 83% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
79 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Full Sail University comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in design. Roughly 18,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,268 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,235 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 79 master's degree were handed out to design majors at Full Sail University. About 59% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

School of Visual Arts

New York, New York
78 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their master's degree is School of Visual Arts. Each year, around 4,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $44,700 per year.

The design program at School of Visual Arts awarded 78 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 65% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, Maryland
55 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Maryland Institute College of Art comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in design. Roughly 2,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $46,870 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,870 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 55 master's degree were handed out to design majors at MICA. About 82% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
54 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Illinois Institute of Technology is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in design. Each year, around 7,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $45,747 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,328 per year.

The design program at Illinois Institute of Technology awarded 54 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 56% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

37 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their master's degree is Arizona State University - Tempe. Roughly 51,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,104 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,406 per year.

The design program at Arizona State University - Tempe awarded 37 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#10

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
37 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Skysong is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in design. Each year, around 31,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,529 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,264 per year.

The design program at Arizona State University - Skysong awarded 37 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 78% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island
32 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rhode Island School of Design is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in design. Roughly 2,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $49,900 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 32 master's degree were handed out to design majors at RISD. Of these students, 69% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

New York University

New York, New York
29 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in design. Roughly 51,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,888 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 29 master's degree were handed out to design majors at NYU. Of these students, 38% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
28 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Carnegie Mellon University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in design. Each year, around 13,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,244 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,815 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 28 people received their master's degree in design from Carnegie Mellon. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

#14

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
28 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

North Carolina State University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in design. Each year, around 34,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,535 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,917 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 28 people received their master's degree in design from NC State. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

27 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

School of the Art Institute of Chicago is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in design. Each year, around 3,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,390 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $49,950 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 27 people received their master's degree in design from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#16

California College of the Arts

San Francisco, California
27 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California College of the Arts comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in design. Roughly 1,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,648 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,210 per year.

The design program at California College of the Arts awarded 27 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

27 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bowling Green State University - Main Campus is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in design. Each year, around 17,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,096 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,017 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 27 master's degree were handed out to design majors at BGSU. About 67% of this group were women, and 4% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
26 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Drexel University is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in design. Roughly 24,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,874 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,155 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 26 master's degree were handed out to design majors at Drexel. About 96% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
21 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in design. Each year, around 33,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,816 per year.

The design program at Boston University awarded 21 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 81% were women and 5% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Music 6,278
Fine & Studio Arts 3,687
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,981
Drama & Theater Arts 1,896
Arts & Media Management 1,221

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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