Master of Design Methods

The executive Master of Design Methods (MDM) is for exceptional design, management, engineering, and other professionals who wish to acquire robust design methods and frameworks and apply design thinking to the development of products, communications, services, and systems. Team-based projects and work throughout the program foster collaboration and enhance the integrity of the cohort.

As a program designed for working professionals, it is often funded by employers. The majority of classes are taught two weekends a month, though students have the opportunity to take courses in the full-time program if they desire to do so. This two-year, modified-weekend format enables students to obtain a degree over 20 months while remaining in their jobs. Students should anticipate an average of 10 hours of out-of-class work per week.

Those MDM applicants seeking to attend the program on a full-time basis may apply to complete it in nine months, taking courses offered in the full-time Master of Design program. Prerequisites for the Master of Design Methods program include an undergraduate degree, a minimum of ten years of professional leadership experience as evidenced by peer evaluations, an exemplary portfolio (for those with design backgrounds), and strong recommendations, awards, or other honors.

Master of Design Methods Schedule



Part Time: Alternate Weekends

Year One

30 credit hours

30 credit hours


Year Two


MDM Statistics (based on the 2011-2012 incoming class)



Average Age




Academic Information

  • Undergraduate degree in design: 48%
  • Undergraduate degree in non-design: 52%
  • Average GPA: 3.44/4.0
  • Average GRE score: 310/340
  • Average TOEFL score: 97.5/120






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**fees may be subject to change without notice

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Tuition for 9 months, 2014-2015* $57,078
Living expenses, books, + supplies for 9 months* $13,500
Mandatory health insurance** $950
Other student fees** $220
Total* $71,748
Tuition per semester*
(part-time domestic student)
Tuition per credit hour*
(executive MDM student)

Application requirements 

  • Completed on-line application form (instructions for submitting remaining materials included)
  • Four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution with a minimum cumulative GPA 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
  • Official (hard copy) transcript from institution where degree was earned
  • Completed statement of education and career goals 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume of work experience: 10-15 years typical
  • Project overviews of accomplished work (5-10 pages) for applicants without a degree in industrial/product or communication design
  • Portfolio (5-15 pages) for applicants with a design degree in industrial/product or communication design
  • TOEFL (minimum 100) or IETLS (minimum 7) for international applicants without a bachelor's degree from an accredited English-speaking university
  • Interview (in person, telephone or Skype) if deemed necessary by the Institute of Design
  • Application fee of $100