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Master of Science in Design

The question to ask is not “What do you want to be?” but rather “What do you want to do?”

Mission of the Master of Science in Design

The underpinning mission of the Master of Science in Design (MSD) is to provide knowledge and skills in Design Research to complement and enhance one's existing design skills. The program facilitates self-motivated design topics and research foci, which makes the MSD significantly different from most other graduate design research degrees.

The MSD achieves its mission in two significant ways. First, it is a research degree. Like most research degrees, it is centered on the systematic and methodological investigation of issues important to design. Second, the MSD is multidisciplinary. It provides an educational environment that works across the many disciplines that exist in the Herberger Institute, The Design School, and Arizona State University.

Goals of the MSD

The MSD Program has four goals: