Students who successfully complete the MSD Program receive a Master of Science in Design (MSD) degree. The MSD requires that applicants have an undergraduate degree in design or a closely related field such as architecture or engineering. A student entering the MSD program must select one of seven concentrations: Industrial Design; Interior Design; Visual Communication Design; Arts, Media and Engineering; Healthcare and Healing Environments; Interaction Design; or New Product Innovation.
Students may choose to complete their graduate work by way of a thesis or an applied project. A master's thesis is a scholarly endeavor that demonstrates the ability of the author to do supervised research and intellectual writing. The applied project is somewhat different. It includes both a project and a written document and is a scholarly endeavor that demonstrates the ability of the designer to do supervised research and present substantial evidence of the ability to creatively apply research to a design situation.