Master of Design/Master of Business Administration


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 (50.5)
Institute of Design courses
IDN 508Principles/Methods User Rsrch3
IDN 556Comm in the Planning Process1.5
IDN 571Systems and Systems Theory1.5
IDX 508Modes of Human Experience1.5
IDX 542Analysis + Synthesis in Design3
IDX 550Building/Understanding Context3
Please choose from one below:4
Communication Systems4
Embodied Design4
Digital Media4
Stuart School of Business courses
BUS 510Strategy & Innovation3
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 (27.5)
Select 24.5 credit hours from any 500-level or 600-level IDN or IDX non-required course. Up to 12 credit hours may be chosen from IDN 475 - IDN 497, provided that those courses are not also applied as program prerequisites.24.5
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 461Advanced Reading and Writing I3
IDN 462Advanced Listen, Presention I3
IDN 463Culture and Comm. in Design I3
IDN 466Advanced Reading & Writing II3
IDN 467Advanced Listen, Present II3
IDN 468Culture and Comm. in Design II3
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
Intro to Visual Communication4
Intro to Objects & Artifacts4
Introduction to Photography4
Introduction to Interaction4
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 or 600-level IDN or IDX non-required course, and up to 12 credit hours from the 400-level Foundation courses (IDN 481-IDN 497), 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.