“Everything in our environment has been carefully planned. One of the three essential aspects of human intellect is design ability”.

The role of design is expanding beyond “forms follow function” as the world is changing quickly. In enterprises across industries, design is now playing a crucial role in strategy and innovation. Whether you are a designer or plan to become one in the future, I hope this list will serve as inspiration for you.

Master of Design Methods(MDM), IIT Institute of Design:


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For excellent individuals in any subject with a track record of driving innovative efforts, the Master of Design Methods (MDM) programme is designed. Graduates that have a thorough understanding of the benefits that design thinking can offer to their businesses advance in their careers. They develop long-lasting abilities and knowledge that may be put to use in both large and small businesses to address a variety of problems.

MS in Design Engineering(MDE):

The MDE programme aims to foster and develop graduates who will be able to address and tackle the major challenges facing society with transformative, multidisciplinary solutions. Successful innovation and visionary leadership require a broad understanding of the relationships between technology and people. The two-year, four-term MDE curriculum equips students with the abilities and knowledge necessary to handle technically challenging, intricate, multi-scale, and open-ended challenges in a creative, collaborative manner.

MS in Design Studies(MDes):

Concentration areas include art, design, and the public realm, critical conservation, energy and the environment, history and philosophy of design, real estate and the built environment, risk and resilience, technology, and urbanism, landscape, and ecology.

MS in Engineering, Design Impact, Stanford University:

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This two-year Master of Science in Design Impact programme is offered at Stanford. They collaborate on significant, topical issues. The themes for Design Impact in the classes of 2019–2021 are: Giving people control over their own energy resources is an example of empowerment; empathic autonomy is an example of personalising healthcare in the digital era.

MA in Design Studies, Parsons School of Design:

The programme urges students to look into novel theoretical and design-focused avenues in order to develop a critical awareness of design and its intricate connections to the past, present, and future. With the help of Parsons and other institutions at The New School, you can explore design as a fundamentally cross-disciplinary activity by enrolling in an MA in Design Studies.

Master of Professional studies(MPS) in Design Management and Communication:

Our programme goes beyond the scope of conventional design programmes by fusing the realms of creative management, design thinking, and business strategy. While mastering the managerial insights and leadership techniques required to produce results that are focused on the needs of business, you will build a comprehensive understanding of creativity and the design process.

Master of Professional Studies(MPS), CMU Design:

You can get experience in design for interactions within the framework of services and social innovation with the MPS, a one-year programme.

Master of Integrated Innovation (MII-PS), CMU Design:

Students having a background in design, engineering, or business, or who have prior experience in these fields, can earn a one-year professional degree called the Master of Integrated Innovation for Products and Services (MII-PS). Three disciplines are combined in the programme to cross-train students to become top innovators.

MS in Integrated Design, Business and Technology:

In cross-disciplinary teams, instructors teach topics including how to handle and adapt to uncertainty, how to find solutions for complex design, business, and technology challenges, and how to use data and research to build a portfolio of problem-solving approaches. The curriculum develops leaders who can influence and build the modern, developing economy.

Master of Integrated Innovation for products and services, CMU Integrated Innovation Institute: 

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Three master’s degrees are offered through the Integrated Innovation Institute, with a focus on integrating disciplines to provide effective and comprehensive solutions for business and societal problems. Elite innovators, graduates are ready to work in product development, product management, user research, design engineering, software engineering, project management, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

PHD in Design, IIT Institute of Design:

The largest doctoral programme in design is still offered by the IIT Institute of Design, which was the first design school in the US to establish a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in design. Those who want to teach or carry out fundamental research in the subject of design should enrol in this PhD programme. PhD graduates have gone on to direct design programmes at other universities, teach, consult, and direct large international corporations in their search for innovation and value.

PHD in Transition Design, CMU Design:

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To address the problems facing us in the twenty-first century, fundamental change at every level of society is required. The “wicked problems” that need designers to investigate novel ways to problem solving include climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, and the rising wealth gap. These interrelated issues are addressed by transition design.

Professional Doctorate(DDes):

This three-year, full-time, non-residential degree combines intensive on-campus residential courses at CMU in Pittsburgh with distance learning. Professional designers can pursue doctoral studies in Transition Design through the framework of this degree while still working.

Doctor of Design(DDes):

The three-year programme is focused on practical research that expands knowledge linked to design at a variety of scales, including product design, buildings, and landscapes, as well as urban design and regional planning.

Design and Innovation: PHD in Management, Case Western Reserve University:

Information systems and marketing are combined in Weatherhead’s PhD in Management to better prepare students for path-creating research on important problems faced by businesses and managers. This prestigious PhD programme in management at the Department of Design & Innovation.

PHD in Human Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington:

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PHD in Human Behavior and Design, Cornell University:

A multidisciplinary curriculum fusing the social sciences with design is Cornell University’s Ph.D. in Human Behavior and Design. Environmental settings that encourage safe, healthy, and productive behaviours as well as sustainable design and lifestyles are the subject of research on a variety of scales (from items to buildings to cities). Environmental psychology, facility planning and management, human factors and ergonomics, and sustainable design studies are the four areas from which this curriculum gets its strength.

PHD Design Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison:

With the aim of comprehending how design (broadly considered) relates to, responds to, and influences our lives, professors and students in the Design Studies Graduate Program explore a broad range of topics and employ a number of methodologies. Interdisciplinary scholars, designers, scientists, and artists make up the graduate faculty of the programme, which serves as a mentor and resource for graduate students as they create their own programmes of study. Design History, Environmental Design Research, and Textile Science are the three tracks.

Master of Design + MBA, IIT Institute of Design:

An crucial turning point in the co-evolution of design, management, and innovation has been reached with the MDes + MBA programme. It blends fundamental management education with a user-centered, method-based approach to innovation. Students holding a bachelor’s in design can complete their degree in two years (including summer sessions for MBA courses). Before starting the MDes programme, non-designers must finish two semesters of foundational coursework. You can enroll in MBA courses throughout foundation.

MBA in Design Statergy (DMBA), California College of the Arts (Since):

There is an abundance of research that supports a design-based approach to business and value development. Design-led businesses frequently outperform other businesses in terms of stock performance, employee satisfaction, and innovation, according to surveys of US and UK companies.

MA in Design Management, SCAD (on campus and online):

The extensive design management curriculum at SCAD is known throughout the industry for producing great alumni who are prepared to succeed in the workplace as proponents of design innovation and imaginative problem-solving. As a student here, you have the opportunity to transform your love of design into a valuable professional asset by working on projects with well-known companies and getting sought-after internships with forward-thinking companies that are hungry for your ideas.

MA in Business Design and Art Leadership, SCAD (on campus and online):

The business world and the artistic sector are now convergent again. The programme emphasizes strategic thinking, data-driven analysis, planning, management, and leadership while fusing business principles, design knowledge, entrepreneurship, and arts administration.

MS in Strategic Design and Management, parsons school of Design:

The Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management programme brings together a diverse group of people who want to start and lead change in emerging fields: business professionals who want to use design to solve business problems, designers who want to learn about leadership and business, and entrepreneurs who want to create innovative business ideas for a changing global economy.

M.P.S in Design Management, Pratt Institute (weekneed classes since 1995):

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Many M.B.A. graduates chosen to head up design functions lack the design expertise required to direct design decisions or manage creative teams. The Design Management programme (DM) is a two-year curriculum designed to connect the fields of design with business management. Business Week named it one of the greatest design programmes in the world.

Multidisciplinary MBA + MS Design Innovation, Northwestern Kellogg:

In this comprehensive dual-degree programme, students receive a demanding business education along with a solid grounding in creative creativity. Graduates of the MMM programme are awarded a Kellogg MBA and a Segal Design Institute M.S. in Design Innovation from the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

MBA/ MA in Design Leadership, Johns Hopkins + Maryland Institute College of Art (since 2012):

The program’s main goal is to increase the management skills of participants from a variety of fields, such as design and art, science and technology, and business. In order to engage companies in creative processes that lead to ground-breaking solutions to contemporary problems, students want to become transformative leaders.

Integrated Design and management, MIT:

The mission of Integrated Design & Management (IDM) is to foster the learning and development of remarkable, creative leaders who will infuse society and business with new levels of creativity, vision, and integrity.

Design Leadership for Business Certificate, Parsons School of Design: 

There is a brand-new certificate in Design Leadership for Business, a programme of study that acknowledges the advantages design solutions can provide executives tackling business difficulties across industries. Students who complete this course sequence will gain knowledge of design thinking approaches and be prepared to drive innovation and put creative ideas into practise to encourage fresh viewpoints in many functional areas.

Berkeley certificate in Design Innovation, UC Berleley:

In order to ensure that students are able to innovate, the Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation links the design methodologies and fields from four schools (the College of Engineering, the College of Environmental Design, the College of Letters and Science — Arts and Humanities Division, and the Haas School of Business). The curriculum prepares students to assume accountability for every stage of the innovation life cycle, from conception through implementation and beyond.

Customer-Focused Product and Service Design, Cornell University:

With the help of this degree, which consists of six two-week courses, you may apply the accepted systems design process to create better products and services.There are 6 two-week sessions in this certificate programme. The course gives you a solid foundation for using the industry-accepted systems design methodology to create excellent products and services.

Professor of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at Cornell University Peter Jackson, Ph.D., employs problem-based learning to put theory into practise: Develop tools you can use for various development activities, discover how to leverage the systems design process to identify and communicate design needs throughout the business, avoid the hazards of bad design, and build confidence without needing to be an expert in math or engineering principles.

Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate:

You will learn vital abilities and practical methods for leading and operating in cutting-edge businesses as well as for establishing new ones in this programme. You will gain hands-on experience from some of Stanford’s top experts in the industry in online entrepreneurship courses that are intended to inspire and engage you.