Graphic Design and Digital Media MA

The evolution of media has created a vast array of creative opportunities – from solving problems to communicating with consumers. Our program combines the foundational knowledge of form, function and aesthetic while exploring the diverse functions of visual communication.

Quick Facts

Rolling Admission Apply Anytime

You Can Start Fall, Spring or Summer

Delivery Option Main Campus

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 30

Estimated Completion Time 2 Years


The graphic design and digital media program consists of courses in studio, thesis, history, theory and practice. Candidates choose to focus in a specific medium such as the web, interactive or print, or to focus on a specific production type such as promotional, informational or illustrative. The curriculum is structured into two tracks, offering students with an undergraduate degree in a related area of study the opportunity to develop a specialization, and offering students from outside of the discipline the opportunity for general study within design to complement an undergraduate degree.


Specialist Emphasis

For those who have an undergraduate background in graphic design, this emphasis allows them to focus in a specific medium, such as web, interactive or digital-to-print, or on a specific production type—promotional, informational, illustrative or multimedia.

Generalist Emphasis

This track supports or those who want a broader exposure to multiple facets of graphic design or who have not previously had as much exposure to the discipline.


The graphic design and digital media program is 30 credit hours, with 12 credit hours in a specific study area selected with your advisor. 

Master of Arts

Tyler Art Gallery

The recently renovated Tyler Art Gallery allows students the opportunity to exhibit their work, and gain experience curating and installing their own show. The gallery on campus is just one place students may showcase their work, Oswego keeps a very active schedule for students to present at Oswego State Downtown and the SUNY Oswego Syracuse Campus. 


Throughout your education, you will work closely with a faculty member who will also serve as your mentor. Our degree culminates with an exhibition, during which time you defend your work in an oral examination. Graduates can explore career options that could expand into management positions within design firms, agencies and businesses.

Career Opportunities

  • Lead designer
  • Digital designer
  • Media strategist
  • Visual identity
  • Branding
  • Packaging
  • Interactive media

One of the greatest things I learned at SUNY Oswego was that the work you create can truly make a difference. 

Program Resources

NASAD Accredited

We are one of the select art departments to earn accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Chancellor's Award for Faculty 

Cynthia Clabough has earned the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

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Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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in total awards given every year to our graduate students

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn't come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript

Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.


Submit eight to ten samples of your design work as digital files in your area of interest including an annotated list providing the title, date of the work and describing the context and your role in the project. (Accepted file types: PDF, JPG, Vimeo or YouTube)

Statement of purpose

In 500 words or less, describe your personal achievements relating to your academic interests, and detail your educational and professional objectives with reasoning for applying to SUNY Oswego. This statement will help the review team better understand and evaluate your application.


Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.

Two letters of recommendation

Indicate two names with valid email addresses. We will send an email request directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.

Application fee

Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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