Alumni in Graduate Programs

Below is a list of Design Program alumni who (1) have recently completed, (2) are currently enrolled, or (3) who have been accepted to Ph.D., M.F.A., or Master's program.Feedback was solicited from students who graduated in the last decade—classes of 2000 to 2010—because it is not typical for design majors to pursue graduate degrees in their first years out of college. Also, because the pursuit of a graduate degree by a designer is the exception rather than the rule, you will note that the majority of the below entries are students pursuing degrees other than the M.F.A. In other words, those who stay in the field professionally seldom pursue graduate school. The M.B.A. tends to be the degree of choice for designers as they stay in the field, moving up through the ranks. The variety of degrees being pursued is proof that a liberal arts education paired with an undergraduate degree in the creative, problem-solving discipline of design prepares a student for a variety of professional career opportunities. All information below is as of August, 2010.

  • Amy Crownover ’00 received her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, this spring (2010).
  • Kaleen Healey ’00 is enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Human Development and Social Policy, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University.
  • Andrea Rossigno Rollins ’00 received a Masters in Education in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts in 2009 from Lesley University.
  • Tiffany Roman ’02 completed her M.Ed in 2004 through ND's ACE program and is currently a fourth year doctoral student at Indiana University in the Instructional Systems Technology Department (within the School of Education) where she researches Design Education and K-12 Technology Integration.
  • Nicole Kenney ’03 will begin the one-year certificate program in photo journalism at International Center of Photography in NYC this fall (2010).
  • Brittany Becker ’04 will begin pursuing an M.B.A. at Vanderbilt this fall (2010).
  • Elizabeth Cirelle ’04 just received her Masters in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University (2010).
  • Hope Feher ’04 just received her Masters is in Elementary Education from Cabrini College in Radnor, PA (2010).
  • Selim Nurudeen ’04 received his M.F.A. from Arizona State University (2009)
  • Andrew Borys ’05 will begin an M.B.A. program this fall, either at Baruch or NYU.
  • Michael Elwell ’05 is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Industrial Design at the University of Illinois.
  • Georgia Healey ’05 just graduated from University of Michigan with her M.B.A. (2010).
  • Joe Sobieralski ’05 is heading back to graduate school for an M.F.A. in Print Media at Indiana University-Pennsylvania, after having received his Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount in 2009.
  • Janette Theis ’05 is currently pursuing her M.B.A. from Xavier University.
  • Lauren Hallemann ’06 is pursuing her Masters in Education at Lipscomb University.
  • Liz Maher ’06 received her M.S.A. from Notre Dame in ’07 and is entering Rush University's Masters program in Health Systems Management this fall.
  • Katie Mountford ’06 was just accepted into the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK to earn an M.A. in Children's Book Illustration. 
  • Mansour Ourasanah ’07 is currently attending graduate school in Umea University in Sweden and recently earned another international Honorable Mention in LG's Design the Future Competition.
  • Jess Stephens ’07 will begin the M.B.A. program at Penn State this fall (2010).
  • Amelia Hirschauer ’08 is currently the Victorian College of Art (which is part of the University of Melbourne) pursuing a Master of Visual Art degree.
  • Adrienne Nott ’09 is pursuing her Masters in Education at University of Colorado-Denver.
  • Shelly Kornatz ’10 will be pursing an M.F.A. in Film and Animation with a concentration in 3D Computer Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology beginning this fall.
  • Mary Cecilia Mitsch ’10 will be pursuing a graduate degree in Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design beginning this fall.
  • Laura McGinn '12, MFA program in painting, Northwestern University – Chicago, IL00
  • William Bass '13, MFA program in photography, Indiana University – Bloomington, IN
  • Jacob Golic '13, MA, Art History, University of Connecticut – Storrs, CT
  • Melissa Hoshizaki '13, Masters of Biomedical Science, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science – Chicago, IL
  • Adam Lake '13, Medical School, University of Illinois, Urbana/ Champaign campus.
  • Caitlin Hutchison, Ph.D. program, art history, University of Delaware
  • Anna O’Meara '13, Ph.D. art history, Binghamton University (SUNY) – Binghamton, NY
  • Sophie Prellwitz '13, DMD, University of Louisville School of Dentistry – Louisville, KY
  • Breanna Stachowski '13, MFA program in design, Stanford University – Stanford, CA