Master of Design

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Program Description

For designers who want to transform their practice.

The MDes is a two-year program in design for interactions that immerses you in a research-based approach to design within the context of services and social innovation. Ours was one of the first programs to offer a master’s degree in interaction design and is widely considered among the best in the world. We have deep roots in information and communication design, and our graduates enjoy access to a rich variety of career options.

Our program framework acknowledges the social and natural worlds as the greater context for all design problems. Through coursework and research, our graduate students learn a rigorous process for documenting, analyzing, and understanding the past and present—in order to propose more desirable systems and interactions for the future.

We encourage students to take a broad view of design and engage in radical invention as they become active creators of a better future.

Last updated Sep 2020

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The School of Design at Carnegie Mellon is among the oldest and most respected programs in North America. We have a rich history in the design of products and communications, and were one of the first ... Read More

The School of Design at Carnegie Mellon is among the oldest and most respected programs in North America. We have a rich history in the design of products and communications, and were one of the first programs to offer a master’s degree in interaction design. Our programs enroll approximately 250 undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, inspired by a wide range of motivations and career ambitions. Read less