Frequently Asked Questions
- For MDes, two to four years is typical, but not required.
- For MDM, eight to ten years is typical and a minimum of five years is required.
- Pro bono, freelance projects, and full-time internships will be considered.
Not as a single capstone project. Instead, we use our workshops as opportunities for integration and application of our theories and methods. Students typically accumulate eight to ten workshops (some with outside corporate sponsorships) over the course of four semesters.
All of our classes, seminars, and workshops are active experiences. We use a combination of lectures, discussions, short exercises, and bigger projects to explore the content of a course and learn how to apply its teachings to design work. Depending on the size and nature of a course, some are team based while others focus on individual learning. Most classes have an average size of 15 students; more popular classes can get as big as 25, and some are as small as three.
We encourage students to follow their passion and some students have been able to bring concepts worked on in class to commercialization. However, we believe that our program is best suited to those interested in building a range of professional skills and the deep theoretical knowledge necessary for a successful career in design. Entrepreneurial pursuits are just one aspect of this education.
Tuition varies for each program. Please consult program information pages for details. Download this guide for a more detailed breakdown of the Master of Design program estimated costs and links to financial aid resources.
Yes, we offer a limited number of fellowships and scholarships. All admitted students are considered for a fellowship, with early applications considered first. No separate application is needed. You will find more financial aid information on our Fellowships + Financial Aid page. Download this guide for additional links to financial aid resources.
Financial awards are extremely competitive and the total amounts available are directly influenced by the generous donations of our community. Typically 20% of applicants receive a fellowship and/or scholarship to cover a portion of tuition costs.
As a newly-admitted student you are automatically considered based on your admission materials. No separate application is needed.
We will typically notify you of an awarded scholarship or fellowship at time of admission.
At this time, we award all fellowships based on merit. Past, present, and likely future accomplishments are considered.
We only award fellowships and scholarships on the entering semester for newly admitted students to the program.
Specific amounts will vary. In the past, our fellowships have provided from 10% up to 50% of tuition.
To maximize the impact of awards, our fellowship committee decides which fellowships are distributed to whom.
Our awards are available only for newly admitted MDes, MDes + MBA, MDes + MPA and PhD students. We do not offer awards to newly admitted MDM students.
Awards cannot be transferred from semester to semester. If you are unable to attend in the semester in which you were awarded a scholarship or fellowship, you will be considered again for the semester in which you enroll. However, due to the competitive nature of the program, we cannot guarantee an award will be available to you at that time.