Master of Design/Master of Business Administration

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42 Institute of Design credit hours
36 Stuart School of Business credit hours

The program director or academic adviser will develop a curriculum plan when the student begins the dual-degree program. Students select a series of courses from the available studios and lectures to meet the objectives of the student’s professional goals. Students select from the same pool of elective classes as found under the Master of Design description.

Typically, students will reduce the overall credit requirements of typical individual degree programs because M.B.A. will double count six M.Des. credit hours towards general electives and six credit hours towards the design leadership concentration, and M.Des. will double count 12 M.B.A. credit hours towards M.Des. electives. The program director may make exceptions to this plan depending upon the student’s individual situation.

Required Courses (48)
Institute of Design courses
IDN 504Intro to Observing Users3
or IDN 508 Principles/Methods User Rsrch
IDN 530Intro to Design Planning1.5
IDN 556Comm in the Planning Process1.5
IDX 504Prototyping Methods1.5
IDX 508Modes of Human Experience1.5
IDX 542Analysis + Synthesis in Design3
IDX 550Building/Understanding Context3
Stuart School of Business courses
BUS 510Fundamentals of Innovative Bus3
BUS 550Business Statistics3
BUS 590Business Strategy Capstone Pro3
MBA 501Financial Statement Applicatio3
MBA 502International Trade3
MBA 504Analytics for Decision Making3
MBA 505Microeconomics and Game Theory3
MBA 506Leadership and Organization De3
MBA 509Financial Management3
MBA 511Marketing Strategy3
MBA 513Operations & Tech Management3
Elective Courses (30)
Select 27 credit hours from any 500-level IDN or IDX non-required course. Up to 12 credit hours may be chosen from IDN 475 - IDN 498, provided that those courses are not also applied as program prerequisites.27
Select three credit hours from Stuart School of Business3
Total Credit Hours78

ESP + Design Courses

These courses are corequisite for students who require additional fluency in English and design-specific vocabulary.

IDN 461Design Read/Writing Skills I3
IDN 462Design Listening and Presentat3
IDN 463Cross-Cultural Communication I2
IDN 464Cross-Cultural Comm I Lab1
IDN 466Design Read/Writing Skills II3
IDN 467Listening and Presentation II3
IDN 468Cross-Cultural Comm II2
IDN 469Cross-Cultural Comm II Lab1
Total Credit Hours18

Foundation Courses

These courses are prerequisite for students without an undergraduate degree in industrial or communication design and must be completed prior to proceeding with any other M.Des. requirements.

Select a minimum of 15 credit hours from the following:15
Intro to Design Practice3
Introduction to Design II3
Intro to Visual Communication4
Communication Systems4
Intro to Objects & Artifacts4
Intro to Product Design II4
Introduction to Photography4
Digital Media4
Total Credit Hours15

Elective Courses

Students select a series of courses to meet their professional goals in consultation with their adviser. Courses may be chosen from any 500-level IDN or IDX non-required course, and up to 12 credit hours from the 400-level Foundation courses (IDN 481-IDN 498), provided that those courses are not also applied as program prerequisites. Students select from the same pool of elective classes as found under the Master of Design description. Up to six credit hours may be taken outside of ID with the approval of the student's adviser.