Carthage offers a Master of Science degree in the burgeoning field of Business Design and Innovation. More targeted than an MBA program, it can be completed in 10 months.

Design is a creative approach to solving complex problems. Business executives find design increasingly valuable, yet the strategies can be applied to just about any field.

Our Business Design and Innovation (BDI) sequence is modeled on award-winning programs at universities such as Gothenburg (Sweden), Aix-Marseille (France), North Carolina State, and Case Western Reserve (Cleveland). Learn from expert faculty and visiting scholars who bring years of professional experience.

BDI prepares graduates to:

  • Lead and manage high performing cross-functional teams.
  • Design innovative solutions.
  • Develop effective strategies and programs for private, nonprofit, and government sectors.


Carthage’s BDI program allows students to earn their master’s degree in just 10 months. The program is delivered cohort-style, where students take six foundational courses in the fall, begin their internships in January, complete five business design and innovation courses in the spring, and complete the capstone project in May. Over these 10 months, students will also participate in eight intensive weekend courses. These weekend courses will feature visiting scholars and guest lecturers including Carthage faculty and another prominent local, regional, national and international experts across sector and industry engaged in the design, innovation, and sustainability work/research.

Information Sessions

These information sessions will feature a presentation by Prof. Jennifer Madden, director of the program, and John Weiser, an admissions coordinator for the Office of Continuing Studies. It will also feature a question and answer session.

Application Process

Before candidates may be considered for admission, they must submit:

  • An application, personal statement, and application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all college work.
  • An up-to-date resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • GRE or GMAT test scores (recommended, but not required).
  • Interview with the Program Director.

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Last updated July 3, 2018
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10 months
35,000 USD
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