Degree Requirements for the Design Thinking MFA

The MFA in Design Thinking is an online program that consists of 60 credit hours. Our flexible program allows students to start at any time. Courses must be taken in a particular sequence.

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:

  • Design Thinking – The theories and methods relative to creative cognition;
  • Design History – The historical and political context of design;
  • Design Research – The science of design grounded in research and scholarship;
  • Design Management – The dynamics of team work and management; and
  • Design Doing – The experimental opportunities in virtual studios with team-based solutions.