The Master of Science in Design, Housing 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.
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 master’s
program requires 30 credit hours for completion and students may choose between a
traditional research thesis or a design thesis option. The design thesis option is
based on the creation of original work that represents processes of experimental design.
A 4+1 option gives students the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree
in five years.
Course topics for the master’s degree include:
Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications in Design, Housing and Merchandising
Advanced Digital Design Communication
Topics in Building Information Modeling
Theories of Creative Process in Design and Merchandising
The master's degree option in Digital Design has a research focus on digital media,
including virtual and augmented reality for evidence-based design (healthcare environments,
educational environments etc.), design computational research and design cognition
research. Our research laboratories feature virtual and augmented reality software
and equipment, including eye-tracker, psychophysiological equipment and 3D printing
capabilities. Our virtual reality classroom is equipped with 25 virtual reality stations.
Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.5 minimum graduate GPA required)
Professional goal statement (two-pages)
Three letters of recommendation
Full-time students may be eligible for graduate assistantships in the Department of
Design, Housing & Merchandising as either as a Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) or
a Graduate Research Associate (GRA). These positions are highly competitive and typically
awarded in the spring semester. Those granted assistantships are eligible to receive
a tuition waiver, health insurance and stipend.