Create meaningful design solutions rooted in evidence

The M.A. in Design and Innovation is a two-year, full-time graduate program in Human-Centered Design supported by both the Lyle School of Engineering and the Meadows School of the Arts.

About the Program

People: The Master of Arts in Design and Innovation (MADI) program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, emphasizing a desire to learn design and effect change. No design degree is required for admission.

Process: MADI teaches the Human-Centered Design process, encouraging research through design and design through research. The curriculum fosters active learning environments that prioritize hands-on projects and group work.

Projects: The MADI graduate experience focuses on rigorous projects where students collaborate with real-world clients. These projects provide valuable experience in applying design principles to solve challenges in both private and public sectors.

Partners: MADI forms partnerships with professional and educational entities to support the application of Human-Centered Design. These partnerships contribute to furthering the field of design through evidence-based approaches.

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Design and Innovation Core Values

  • Bias to Action

    We equip students with the Human-Centered Design process and apply it through exercises and projects.

  • Rooted in Research

    We use and teach qualitative research methods to understand problems thoroughly.

  • Collaborative Spirit

    Innovation thrives through collaboration among diverse student teams while challenging the expected.

  • Industry Partners

    Our program integrates seamlessly with professional practice, welcoming industry partners.

  • Framing Problems

    We teach students that question quality determines design efficacy.

  • Design and Prototyping Excellence

    We emphasize meticulous craftsmanship and clear design communication.

The MADI Book

Welcome to the Master of Arts in Design and Innovation (MADI) five-year book: The MADI Book! We have taken great care to truly design a graduate program like no other, and in the same way we expect our students to be great storytellers, we are excited to share our own story as well.

Admissions Requirements


In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering degree requirements, candidates are required to hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution of standard collegiate rank recognized by the accrediting agencies in whose jurisdiction the college is located or to be in the final year of an accredited bachelor’s degree program. Students must submit two letters of recommendation and a personal statement to fulfill the admission process.


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Tuition and Fees

For a complete graduate cost per semester click here.

Application Deadlines

The next start date is August 2024. The deadline for applications is July 15.