MDM

Design isn’t just for designers.

Develop the 21st century skills that will take your career to the next level.

IIT Institute of Design’s MDM is a master's program for experienced professionals, both designers and non-designers.

The MDM program will challenge you and accelerate your professional growth, regardless of where you’ve made your career.

Plus, our popular part-time option allows you to take what you learn one evening in class to work the next day.

The creative alternative

Often students consider the MDM as a creative alternative to an MBA.

The only design school in the US devoted completely to graduate students, ID offers a unique professional school experience.

We take an expansive approach to design education, balancing:

  • Empathy and logic
  • Thinking and doing
  • Collaboration and leadership
  • Creativity and rigor
  • Theory and practice

Why study design?

Design’s power is its position as a nexus point. That’s why at ID, we integrate other disciplines and domains—behavioral science, anthropology, ethnography, user research, communication, engineering—into our studies. And that’s why we encourage a vast array of professionals to pursue graduate study in design.

Food scientists and marketing managers, human resource professionals and venture capitalists—all can benefit from learning design competencies, especially strategic thinking, and all can bring them to benefit their everyday work.

Flexible curriculum

We are known for our pioneering, human-centered approach to design. This—our human-centered design sequence—is the cornerstone, and only requirement of, our MDM program.

For their remaining courses, students are encouraged to customize their own path at ID, mixing and matching according to their professional goals and interests.

To focus their studies, students choose from two of the following five concentrations (more information about each available below):

  • Service + Systems Innovation
  • Cross-functional Collaboration
  • Business Management and Leadership
  • Social Systems
  • Data + Design

Concentrations + courses

Most courses are seminar-based, with hands-on exercises regarding real-world challenges. Some courses are run as workshops with a focus on applying theory to resolve larger, more complex problems. Courses are either a full semester long (14 weeks) for 3.0 credits or one half a semester (7 weeks) for 1.5 credits.

See the modules and courses below. The first module is required:

Human-centered Design
For professionals who are looking to be more fluent in the field of design, these courses cover the fundamental philosophy and principles of modern user-centered design practice.
  • Analysis + Synthesis (3.0)
  • Intro to Observing Users (3.0)
  • Prototyping Methods (1.5)
  • Modes of Human Experience (1.5)

Students then choose two other modules from the list below:

Service + Systems Innovation
For professionals who want to drive large and substantial change through established organizations or start-ups, these courses cover the best practices and techniques to foster innovation within teams and organizations
  • Innovation Frontiers (1.5)
  • Strategies for Open Innovation (1.5)
  • Innovation Methods (3.0)
  • Service Systems Workshop (3.0)
Cross-functional Collaboration
For professionals who are tasked with breaking down functional silos, these courses cover the methods and practices of interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.
  • Agile Culture (1.5)
  • Facilitation Methods (1.5)
  • Activating Design-led Innovation (1.5)
  • Engaging Stakeholders in Innovation (1.5)
  • Managing Interdisciplinary Teams (3.0)
Business Management and Leadership
For professionals who are looking to enhance their ability to build or grow businesses, these courses explore how design contributes to creating new value in both established business and entrepreneurial contexts.
  • New Venture Design (3.0)
  • Business Models & Value Webs (1.5)
  • Planning & Implementation (1.5)
  • Product Portfolio Planning (1.5)
  • Organizational Models for Innovation (1.5)
Social Systems
For professionals interested in larger societal issues, these courses explore emerging design practices targeted at addressing socially oriented challenges.
  • Social / Civic Design (1.5)
  • Adaptive Leadership (1.5)
  • Behavioral Economics (1.5)
  • Activating Design-led Innovation (1.5)
  • Service Systems Workshop (3.0)
Data + Design
For professionals looking to better leverage the emerging world of data in their practice, these courses provide an introduction to data-oriented issues and emerging techniques in design.
  • Data Literacy & Analytics (1.5)
  • Evidence-based Design (1.5)
  • Modeling for Insight (3.0)
  • Generative Design Workshop (3.0)

Timing

Master of Design Methods Degree Credits

  • 2 semesters in the sabbatical (full-time) format OR
  • 4–5 semesters in the professional (part-time) format (courses are typically taken in the evenings)
  • 30 credit hours

Costs

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Full-time sabbatical format

Tuition (2019-2020 rate) $29,395 per semester
Student fees, books, and supplies $600* per semester
Living expenses (room & board) $6,750* per semester
Health insurance $1,499 per year

Part-time professional format

Tuition (2019-2020 rate) $1,958 per credit hr
Student fees, books, and supplies $600* per semester
Health insurance (can be waived) $1,499 per year

*estimated

Career services

Our career services include structured programs like recruitID and careerID, as well as an active and engaged alumni network and robust events and programming, including our annual Design Intersections conference.

Our partnerships with organizations across Chicago and beyond give ID students a range of experience, building their resumes even before graduation.

Graduate outcomes

ID graduates have a greater than 95 percent placement rate and report high job satisfaction. Students come out of ID with lasting skills and the ability to apply design methodology to a wide range of challenges within large and small enterprises.

ID alumni make up a strong network—a uniquely skilled set of more than 2,400 people across 32+ countries who deal with difficult issues and navigate them with clarity, purpose, and discipline.

Our graduates create ideas, products, solutions that are not only new and original, but also effective and scalable in a variety of industries. And our humanistic approach makes social innovation and civic design a natural fit for our graduates, whose placement in the public and nonprofit sector increases every year.

ID alumni hold positions of influence in companies and design firms such as:
Amazon / Apple / BDC / Doblin / EY / Fjord / Google / IDEO / INSITUM / Logitech / McDonald’s / McKinsey / Motorola / Microsoft / Salesforce / SapientRazorfish / SC Johnson / Steelcase / Verizon

Organizations hire ID graduates for a wide range of roles:
Design Planner / Design Strategist / Senior Innovation Strategist / Director of Product Development / Director of Innovation Methods / Director of User Research / Brand Strategist / Director of Interaction Design / Senior Information Architect / Director of Strategy and New Business Development / Digital Enterprise Strategist / Director of Experience Design / Senior UX Researcher and Strategist

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Application Deadlines

Spring 2020 admission
November 1, 2019
 
Fall 2020 admission
January 17, 2020 (early round)
February 28, 2020 (final round)
 
Late applications may be considered, please contact us
 
You will receive an email confirmation when all of your materials have been received. Admission decisions will be communicated roughly four weeks after this confirmation.

Admissions Webinars

Meet with staff and faculty online—join our webinar on November 6 to learn more about our graduate programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our FAQ page for more information. If you have additional questions regarding our application process or requirements, please send an email to admissions@id.iit.edu or call us at 312 595 4900.