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  • The Master of Science degree in Strategic Design and Management is awarded for completion of 36 credits. Transfer credits are not accepted. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.

    The program features a progressively sequenced curriculum including theory and practice through studios and seminars and involving three major components:

    • Design-based methods for researching the needs of people and organizations and for developing and prototyping new ideas for products, services, and organizations
    • Business tools for assessing market opportunities, modeling enterprises, and critically evaluating firms and industry sectors
    • Theoretically informed discussions of challenges facing contemporary societies and ways in which ethically grounded professional leadership can help students engage with these challenges in their careers

    The curriculum is designed as an integrated and dynamic nine-credit-per-semester course of study. Students can complete the program on campus in New York City, fully online, or through a combination of online and on-campus courses. (For international students, the possibility of combining on-campus and online classes is limited by U.S. immigration law, which requires full-time international students to take a minimum of six credits of on-site instruction in order to maintain their full-time status and immigration privileges.)

    For a complete listing of courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog.

    The curriculum below applies to students who enter the program in fall 2022 and after. To view degree requirements from prior years, visit the Academic Catalogs archive

  • First Year Fall
    Introduction to Strategic Design and Management 3
    Project Facilitation Methods and Collaborative Practice 3
    New Economies and Societies 3
    Subtotal 9
    First Year Spring
    Sustainable Business Models 3
    External Engagement Studio 3
    3
    Subtotal 9
    Second Year Fall
    Ethical Leadership for Design Professionals 3
    Design Research Capstone Studio 3
    3
    Subtotal 9
    Second Year Spring
    Specialized Topics in Strategic Design and Management 3
    Design Strategy Capstone Studio 3
    3
    Subtotal 9
    Total Credits
    36

    Graduate Minors

    Students can extend their learning by supplementing their degree with a graduate minor, consisting of three courses (or 9 credits). You can choose from an array of graduate minors, including Impact Entrepreneurship, Civic Service Design, Global Urban Futures, and more. Graduate minors expose you to new ideas and alternative modes of research and practice, broadening your skills and expanding your career options.

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