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The new field of Design Science demands an innovative paradigm for research, education, and practice. The Design Science Program at the University of Michigan engages in the systematic pursuit of design knowledge across all fields.
The program is an unique interdisciplinary paradigm requiring students to integrate two or more traditional disciplines to tackle modern, complex design problems. The U-M Design Science program challenges students to create, study, apply, and teach design principles using quantitative, qualitative, and analytical methods and processes.
Within the Design Science Master’s Program, students may complete a specialized Global Health Design track of study sponsored by GHDI. Pulling from diverse course offerings across the University the Global Health Design track allows students to develop a holistic understanding of best practices in global health design as well as a growing knowledge of strategies and trends in the field. Students focus on refining skills essential to the designing technologies that improves human health in low-resource settings.
The Design Science program offers a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Design Science. Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree at the time of admission. A master’s degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent coursework must have been earned prior to advancement to doctoral candidacy. Examples of relevant disciplines are the social sciences, engineering, business, art, information, product design, and architecture. It is expected that students entering the program will have a good foundation in at least one of the disciplines contributing knowledge to design science.
To apply to the MS of Design Science:
|U-M College of Engineering||Michigan
|Graduate||Full time (9+ credits)||$12,559||$23,367|
|Part-Time First Hour||$1,727||$2,927|
|Part-Time Additional Hours||$1,355||$2,555|
|Distance Learning||Per Credit Hour||$1,465||$1,605|
|Rackham||Full time (9+ credits)||$12,222||$22,987|
|Part-Time First Hour||$1,689||$2,885|
|Part-Time Additional Hours||$1,317||$2,513|
The Master of Science in Design Science is the program for students who want to expand their career paths by meeting the growing need for the interdisciplinary design of complex products, devices, and systems. The program provides each student flexibility in exploring across multiple disciplines to learn in-depth rigorous design methods and theory that drive the design process. Each student defines a custom program of study tailored to his or her background and design interests in consultation with a program advisor. An individual student’s curriculum is structured so that knowledge from at least two disciplines permeates their program of study. This is the guiding principle for the DESCI program requirements. This path integrates disciplines from top programs at the University of Michigan to balance rigorous coursework, trend-setting research and practica.
Students are required to take a core set of classes that teaches them integrative design processes and research methods, and then deepen their knowledge in two or more disciplines by leveraging courses available across the university. In one year, graduates of the Design Science program are uniquely positioned to build bridges between key stakeholders bringing future employers in advanced industries and government settings the skills needed to meet the challenges of innovation in today’s workplace.
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