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Degree Requirements for the Design Thinking MFA

The MFA in Design Thinking is an online graduate degree program that consists of 60 credit hours. Courses must be taken in a particular sequence, and students must start in the fall semester.

There are two sequence options: a two-year full-time and a four-year part-time option. See the Course Descriptions for a listing of the required courses.

Radford University’s MFA in Design Thinking curriculum provides an approach that focuses on a number of core competencies including:

  • The theories and methods relative to creative cognition - design thinking;
  • The historical and political context of design - design history;
  • The science of design grounded in research and scholarship - design research;
  • The dynamics of team work and management - design management; and
  • The experimental opportunities in virtual studios with team-based solutions - design doing.