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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Master's Degree Schools

96 Colleges
$45,264 Avg Salary
$68,038 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts Master's Degree School for You

Design & Applied Arts is the #35 most popular major in the country with 36,179 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Design & Applied Arts Master's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 96 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the design master's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best Design & Applied Arts Master's Degree Schools

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our 2021 rankings named Cornell University the best school in the United States for design and applied arts students working on their master’s degree. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

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#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of Notre Dame is a great place for design and applied arts students working on their master’s degree. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northeastern University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent master’s degree programs at Illinois Institute of Technology helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in the United States. Illinois Tech is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

On average, design graduates from Illinois Tech take out $132,185 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,659.

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University of Delaware ranked #6 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools list. U of Delaware is a very large public school located in the suburb of Newark.

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#7

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

With a ranking of #7, Carnegie Mellon University did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

After completing their Master's Degree, design graduates from Carnegie Mellon carry an average student debtload of $42,400.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for design and applied arts students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a very large student population.

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#9

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Endicott College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools list. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Beverly.

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Lawrence Technological University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Southfield, Lawrence Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#11

American University

Washington, DC

American University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for design and applied arts students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. The American University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

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#12

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Clemson University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools list. Clemson is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Clemson.

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With a ranking of #13, North Carolina State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students working on their master’s degree. NC State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Raleigh.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at NC State take out while working on their Master's Degree is $46,411. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $501.

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The University of Texas at Austin did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for design and applied arts students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Austin.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Design & Applied Arts Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
15 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
16 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
17 Boston University Boston, MA
18 Art Center College of Design Pasadena, CA
19 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN

Design & Applied Arts by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Design & Applied Arts is one of 9 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Design

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Music 26,968
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,756
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,720

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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