Master of Design Methods

Master of Design Methods Overview

IIT Institute of Design (ID) Master of Design Methods (MDM) program is for exceptional professionals of any discipline with proven innovation and leadership experience. Graduates accelerate their careers by building lasting skills and the knowledge to apply design methodology to a wide range of challenges within large and small enterprises.

Throughout the MDM program students collaborate with each other—and students from other programs—to dissect and solve complex problems. Hands-on exercises and team-based projects foster deep learning and enhance leadership skills.

MDM students can choose from two paths:

  • Design-Driven Innovation: For professionals of any discipline seeking to boost their impact with a deep understanding of how to leverage design and innovation methods within their organization.
  • Design Strategy: For seasoned design professionals seeking to enhance and extend their ability to address today’s most complex design challenges.

Curriculum + Courses

Common courses (not all courses are offered every term):
Design-Driven Innovation courses
Design Strategy courses


Master of Design Methods Degree Credits

  • Two semesters in the sabbatical (full-time) format
  • Four to five semesters in the professional (part-time) format (courses are typically taken in the evenings)
  • Thirty credit hours


Learn more about Financial Aid

Full-time sabbatical format

Tuition (2018-2019 rate) $29,395 per semester
Student fees, books, and supplies $1,200* per year
Living expenses (room & board) $6,750* per semester
Health insurance $1,483* per year


Part-time professional format

Tuition (2018-2019 rate) $1,958 per credit hr
Student fees, books, and supplies $600* per semester
Health insurance (can be waived) $1,483* per year


Life + Career After ID

Our placement rate is historically over 90% within three months of graduation.

ID graduates hold positions of influence in companies and design firms such as:
Amazon / Apple / BDC / Doblin / EY / Fjord / Google / IDEO / INSITUM / Logitech / McDonald’s / McKinsey / Motorola / Microsoft / Salesforce / SapientRazorfish / SC Johnson / Steelcase / Verizon

Organizations hire ID graduates for a wide range of roles:
Design Planner / Design Strategist / Senior Innovation Strategist / Director of Product Development / Director of Innovation Methods / Director of User Research / Brand Strategist / Director of Interaction Design / Senior Information Architect / Director of Strategy and New Business Development / Digital Enterprise Strategist / Director of Experience Design / Senior UX Researcher and Strategist


Join our Graduate Program

Get complete information on application requirements.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2019 admission
January 18, 2019 (early round)
March 1, 2019 (final round)

Late applications may be considered, please contact us
Admission to the MDes program with Foundation is offered for the fall semester only. Your application must be completed by 5pm (CST/Chicago time) on the due date to be considered for that round. You will receive an email confirmation when all of your materials have been received. Admission decisions will be communicated roughly four weeks after this confirmation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our FAQ page for more information. If you have additional questions regarding our application process or requirements, please send an email to or call us at 312 595 4900.