24 months
765 USD/credit 22950 USD/year
765 USD/credit 22950 USD/year
357 USD/credit 10710 USD/year
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The Communication Design program from Texas State University favors next-generation technologies for e-learning over traditional methods to teach advanced problem-solving methodologies, updated technological advancement relating to communication design and examination of historical events within the discipline and theoretical constructs.


The mission of the Communication Design program from Texas State University, a nontraditional, online, terminal degree program, is to educate a communication designer through advanced critical thinking methods, the analysis and the synthesis of communication design history and criticism, improvement of writing skills, advanced discipline research methods, and the study and application of emerging visual communication theory to professional practice. The strength of the program lies in the breadth and flexibility of the students’ experience and the continual focus on creative problem-solving.

Career Options

The M.F.A. program provides the strategic integration of technology and insight required to innovate and thrive in the evolving field of communication design. For students seeking a career in higher education, the program provides the appropriate academic credential and the terminal degree in the discipline of visual communication design: the M.F.A. degree.

Programme Structure

  • The degree will require a minimum of 60 credit hours: 18 credit hours of core curriculum, 30 credit hours of prescribed communication design studio electives, six credit hours of free electives, and six credit hours of thesis. The formal thesis will represent students’ research, creation, design, and documentation of an original hypothesis in communication design. 
  • The exchange of ideas on an international basis is an important component of the program. Students may enroll in studio course electives that include field trips to destinations important to the world of communication design.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • completed online application
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee or
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
  • baccalaureate degree in communication design, advertising art direction and design, digital media design, graphic design, illustration or related field from a regionally accredited university. Read additional information below.
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    22950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 357 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for San Marcos

921 - 1707 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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