Master of Design Methods
Master of Design Methods Overview
The Master of Design Methods (MDM) program is for exceptional professionals of any discipline with proven innovation and design experience. Graduates further accelerate their careers by building lasting skills and knowledge applicable to a wide range of challenges within large and small enterprises.
Throughout the Master of Design Methods program students collaborate with each other, and students from other programs, to dissect and solve complex problems. Hands-on exercises and team-based projects foster deep learning and enhance collaboration skills.
There are two specific tracks to choose from as an MDM student:
Design-Driven Innovation – for professionals of any discipline looking to boost their impact with an astute understanding of how to leverage design and innovation methods within their organization.
Design Strategy – for seasoned design professionals looking to enhance and extend their ability to address the complexities of today’s design challenges.
Common courses include (not all courses are offered every term):
Design-Driven Innovation courses include:
Design Strategy courses include:
- 2 semesters in the sabbatical (full-time) format
- 4-5 semesters in the professional (part-time) format (courses are typically taken in the evenings)
- 30 credit hours
|Based on 2017-2018 student body backgrounds and prior education|
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Students and graduates of ID become members of a very accomplished, well-connected network of people spanning the globe. Graduates of ID hold positions of influence in companies such as SCJohnson, Wrigley, Northern Trust, UnitedHealth Group, Kraft, and Boeing and consultancies like IDEO, Doblin/Deloitte, and IA Collaborative .
Organizations have employed MDM graduates as:
- Associate Partner, Director of Strategy
- Global Director of Experience Design
- Senior Director of Innovation
- Senior Service Designer
- Senior Technologist
- Director of Strategy and New Business Development
- Director of Product Development
- Director of Retail Design
- Director of User Research
- Director of Interaction Design
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Full-time Sabbatical format
|Tuition (2018-2019 rate)||$29,395||per semester|
|Student fees, books, and supplies||$1,268*||per semester|
|Living expenses (room & board)||$6,750*||per semester|
|Health insurance (can be waived)||$1,441*||per year|
Part-time Professional format
|Tuition (2018-2019 rate)||$1,958||per credit hr|
|Student fees, books, and supplies||$600-800*||per semester|
|Health insurance (can be waived)||$1,483*||per year|
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Start your application to the Master of Design Methods program today! It only takes a few minutes. If you don’t have all of your materials ready, don’t worry. You can add them when you are. To complete your application you will need to provide the following:
- Portfolio of work. 5-15 pages that demonstrate critical thinking, innovation management, and problem/concept exploration.
- Statement of educational objectives. 1-3 pages including career goals and reasons for studying at the Institute of Design. An additional interview (by phone, Skype, or in person) may be required.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae. 8-10 years of professional practice is typical, minimum of 5 years experience (in a leadership or management role) is required. Full-time internships, volunteer work, and freelance projects will be considered.
- Transcripts from all prior degrees. Degrees must be from an accredited educational institution with a minimum cumulative GPA 3.0/4.0 or equivalent. For international applicants without a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited English-language university, a TOEFL or IETLS test is required. (TOEFL minimum 100, IELTS minimum 7.5, Scores below will be required to enroll in English programs.)
- Letters of recommendation. Three letters from professional or academic references commenting on your goals and abilities.
- Application fee. $100.00
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