Design Graduate Program Resources

Students studying in Rapson Hall

The University of Minnesota’s One Stop website is the central repository for information regarding registration, records, financial aid, billing, payment, and veterans’ benefits. One-Stop should be your first resource when searching for more information on graduate student procedures, policies, and forms.

General Information

Advising & Program Contacts

Program advisors are assigned upon admission based on your area of interest and availability. Advisors must be members of the graduate faculty who are approved to advise graduate students. Once you become familiar with our faculty, you will have the option to change advisors with the approval of the director of graduate studies if the new advisor is available and willing.

Graduate Program Director: Brad Hokanson
Graduate Program Coordinator: Karen McCray

Examining Committees

Based on your graduate program, you may also need to form an examining committee as part of your degree. This committee is formed by each student in consultation with their advisor. You should discuss appropriate examining committee members with your advisor, then make an appointment to ask the proposed committee members if they would be willing and available to serve on your examining committee. 

Graduate Planning & Audit System (GPAS)

The University’s Graduate Planning & Audit System is your best tool for acheiving timely graduation. The system allows you to plan future coursework and view degree progress.

Check your GPAS


Contact your advisor, program coordinator, or learn more about registration, changing advisors, forming examining committees in the Design Graduate Program Student Handbook.

Design Graduate Program Student Handbook

Commonly Requested Documents

Committee & Program

Contracts & Curriculum


Program Planning Documents

University-wide Student Resources

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Design Justice

Design Justice is committed to creating space, policies, and practices within our college that support the inclusion and retention of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and other historically underinvested communities.

Mental Health Advocates

The College of Design Mental Health Advocates (MHA) are not counselors. MHAs are trained to identify and respond to students in distress, and refer them to possible resources. MHAs focus on mental health concerns of students but are available to talk with faculty and staff.

Mental Health Resources

The College of Design is committed to supporting the mental health of its faculty, staff, and students. Support resources can be found at, a comprehensive central hub that contains helpful information for all members of the College of Design and University community.