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  • Parsons offers the Master of Arts in History of Design and Curatorial Studies in collaboration with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The degree is awarded for completion of 42 credits of coursework and a master's examination or a thesis. A maximum of six credits of graduate-level coursework can be transferred from another institution. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.

    Students who choose to declare the Graduate Minor in Design Studies can pursue their capstone with a design studies orientation.

    For a complete listing of courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog.

  • First Year Fall
    PGHI 5100 Survey of Design and Decorative Arts 1 3
    PGHI 5105 Proseminar 3
    3
    3
    Subtotal 12
    First Year Spring
    PGHI 5102 Survey of Design and Decorative Arts 2 3
    9
    Subtotal 12
    Second Year Fall
    PGHI 5902 Independent Study: Thesis 1 or PGHI 5905 Independent Study: Capstone 1 3
    6
    OR
    9
    Subtotal 9
    Second Year Spring
    PGHI 5903 Independent Study: Thesis 2 or PGHI 5906 Independent Study: Capstone 2 or PGHI 5904 Independent Study: Master’s Exam 3
    6
    Subtotal 9
    Total Credits
    42

    * May be taken in any semester. 

    Graduate Minors

    Students can use elective courses toward completing one of the university’s graduate minors. These structured pathways of study immerse master's and doctoral students in disciplines outside their primary field and expose them to alternative modes of research and practice. Completed graduate minors are officially recorded on students' transcript.

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