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Why study Digital Design online through OSU?

The Master of Science in Design and Merchandising, option in Digital Design, engages students in theoretical frameworks, methods and critical media practice related to computational, interactive media focusing on design. Through rigorous creative and research projects, the program prepares students for continued study in a PhD program or industry employment. Working closely with an innovative faculty and technology at OSU, students will employ emerging technologies to communicate interactive narratives and experiences, while also producing cutting-edge research in Design.


All coursework for the degree can be taken in-person or online, offering flexibility for busy adults who do not have time to attend on-campus classes. Your adviser will guide you through the process from admission to graduation. 


The degree requires completion of 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours. A research thesis is not required and you can opt for a creative component that engages students in a unique, culminating project guided by an instructor. Courses are offered in spring, summer and fall and most students complete the program in two years. 

For undergraduate students enrolled in the Design and Merchandising department, A 4+1 option gives students the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in five years.



Our industry-based hybrid (online and onsite) curricula is taught by nationally recognized faculty in fully equipped design studios and Virtual Reality computer labs. The design thesis option is based on the creation of original work that represents processes of experimental design.


Course topics for the master’s degree include:

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications in Design and Merchandising
  • Advanced Digital Design Communication
  • Topics in Building Information Modeling
  • Theories of Creative Process in Design and Merchandising
  • Planning and proposal writing
  • Statistical methods

Course Information

Mixed Reality Lab



Applications to the program are accepted only for the Fall semester, and the deadline to apply is January 31. To apply to the program, please submit the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.5 minimum graduate GPA required) 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Professional goal statement (two-pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation 



Oklahoma State University offers an affordable single rate for graduate students in online degree and certificate programs.

Cost details for in-state, online graduate students
Cost details for out-of-state online graduate students


Scholarships and Financial Aid

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