Master of Design/Master of Public Administration


45 Institute of Design credit hours
24 Stuart School of Business credit hours

The program director or academic advisor 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 compared to individual degree programs because MPA will double count 9 M.Des. credit hours towards MPA electives, and M.Des. will double count 9 MPA credit hours towards M.Des. electives. The program director may make exceptions to this plan depending upon the student’s individual situation.

Required Courses (41.5)
Institute of Design courses
IDN 508Principles and Methods of User Research3
IDN 556Strategic Communication1.5
IDN 571Introduction to Systems Theory1.5
IDX 508Modes of Human Experience1.5
IDX 542Analysis + Synthesis3
IDX 550Building and Understanding Context3
Please choose one course from below:4
Communication Systems4
Embodied Design4
Digital Media4
Stuart School of Business courses
PA 501Introduction to Public Administration3
PA 502Organizational Behavior 3
PA 522Human Resource Management3
PA 532Public Financial Optimization and Management3
PA 568Optimization in Policy and Administration3
PA 580Policy Forecasting and Evaluation 3
PA 581Policy Economic Modeling and Design3
PA 599Practicum3
Elective Courses (27.5)
Select 27.5 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.27.5
Total Credit Hours69

ESP + Design Courses

These courses are corequisite for students who require additional fluency in English and design-specific vocabulary.

IDN 461Advanced Reading and Writing for Design I3
IDN 462Advanced Listening and Presentation in Design I3
IDN 466Advanced Reading and Writing in Design II3
IDN 467Advanced Listening and Presentation in Design II3
Total Credit Hours12

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
Introduction to Design Practice3
Introduction to Visual Communication4
Introduction 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 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.