Design (Interaction Design) (MSD)

Communication, Graphic, Interaction Design, design, visual

Program Description
Degree Awarded: MSD  Design (Interaction Design)

Interaction design is about how people use products and services. This program focuses on the study of interaction design principles, tools, complexities and change. Students will be prepared to create dynamic, expressive and communicative forms for effective human-spatial interactions such as those needed with physical and virtual shopping, retrieving information, and numerous other such tasks.

Degree Requirements

36 credit hours and a thesis, or
36 credit hours including the required applied project course (DSC 593)

Students may choose to complete their graduate work by way of a thesis or an applied project. A master's thesis is a scholarly endeavor that demonstrates the ability of the author to do supervised research and intellectual writing. The applied project is somewhat different. It includes a project and a written document and is a scholarly endeavor that demonstrates the ability of the designer to do supervised research and present substantial evidence of the ability to apply research creatively to a design situation.

Admission Requirements

MSD Program Requirements

  1. All applicants must submit the Graduate Education online application and hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university recognized by ASU.
  2. All applicants must have completed a program in design and must hold a bachelor's in graphic design, industrial design, interior design or a related design discipline. When applying for admission, applicants must declare one of seven concentrations:
    • arts, media and engineering
    • design of health care and healing environments
    • industrial design
    • interaction design
    • interior design
    • new product innovation
    • visual communication design
  3. All applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements as established by Graduate Education.
  4. Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) are required to submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 80 (Internet-based) or 550 (paper-based). Other information for international applicants can be found on the Graduate Education website at
  5. A portfolio, letter of intent and contact information for three references need be submitted to SlideRoom ( The Design School requires that these be submitted in addition to the Graduate Education application requirements.

No GRE test is required.

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both Graduate Education and those of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Admission to the program is selective. Admission cannot be deferred; students must enroll in the semester for which they are admitted, otherwise they will need to go through the entire application process again for the year in which they are applying.

Teaching or Research Assistantships

Applicants wishing to be considered for teaching or research assistantships should submit an additional statement outlining areas in which they feel competent to serve as a teaching or research assistant. All interested applicants can apply for a teaching assistantship position online. The link to the application will be provided on the MSD website.

All international teaching or graduate assistants whose primary language is not English are required to be certified in their English language abilities. Those individuals whose native language is not English will be required to submit a Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) score, which is administered at ASU. Students also have the option of completing the Test of Spoken English, administered directly by the Educational Testing Service. For this group, no personnel action form will be signed until this examination has been successfully completed.

A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting the department.

Contact Information

The Design School | CDN 162 | 480-965-3536