The University of Baltimore offers the M.A. in Integrated Design at the Universities at Shady Grove in a convenient, weekend format.

This master's program combines conceptual thinking, professional writing and graphic design while exploring both traditional and digital media.

The curriculum is based on direct research and consultation with professionals throughout the corporate and nonprofit sectors to best prepare students for careers spanning the communications field. Students come to the program from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds, and while many already have experience as writers or designers, it is not a requirement.

The program's faculty includes innovative, respected professionals in communications, writing and publishing from throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

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Those who are skilled in integrating professional writing and graphic design can easily pursue careers in a wide spectrum of disciplines: public relations, advertising, corporate publications, journalism, magazine editing and designing and more. Being adept at communicating both visually and verbally can make you an asset in the corporate world, while electing courses in digital media can prepare you for work in the rapidly growing field of digital communication.


The streamlined course requirements for this 36-credit program include a 6-credit, team-taught foundation class and courses that examine conceptual creativity, advanced writing, typography, Web development and various other aspects of communication that inform writing and design.

Students develop portfolios through a specifically dedicated course, work in teams to solve major real-world design problems and can pursue professional internships in every area of the communications field at businesses and organizations throughout the Baltimore-Washington area.


View our admission requirements and deadlines.

Applications are available online, by calling the UB Office of Graduate Admission at 410.837.6565 or by visiting the Office of Student Services at the Universities at Shady Grove.


Students enrolled in this program are charged the same tuition as those attending the University of Baltimore, but may have differing fees based on home campus. Financial aid is available to students and is administered through UB. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Your UB at USG education is now even more affordable.

UB is now offering in-state tuition to graduate students in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia (Arlington, Loudon, Fairfax and Prince William counties and Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park). This tuition discount applies to programs at USG, where you pay the same tuition and have the same financial aid opportunities as does any other UB student.

For more information, please visit the UB Office of Financial Aid Web pages.