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MDes Appli­ca­tion dead­line: Jan­u­ary 62022

We are look­ing to build a small, effec­tive team of stu­dents who are not sim­ply focused on a grad­u­ate degree, but rather a real oppor­tu­nity to lever­age the con­sid­er­able resources of the Stamps School and the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan to make a change in the way design­ers work in the world.

We are seek­ing poten­tial stu­dents from diverse back­grounds across the spec­trum of design dis­ci­plines (e.g. product/​industrial design­ers, visual communication/​graphic design­ers, and user-expe­ri­ence design­ers, and UX/​UI/​interaction design­ers) who want to trans­form their career paths. We will also con­sider qual­i­fied can­di­dates with edu­ca­tion and expe­ri­ence related to the program’s umbrella theme who have design expe­ri­ence in a pro­fes­sional set­ting and wish to expand their knowl­edge of design while build­ing on their prior education.

Can­di­dates for the pro­gram must be intel­lec­tu­ally curi­ous, self-moti­vated, engaged with crit­i­cal dis­course in the dis­ci­pline, and inter­ested in the future role of design in shap­ing every­day life in the 21st Cen­tury. They must be will­ing to crit­i­cally exam­ine cur­rent think­ing and pre­pared to revise and expand their under­stand­ing of research, devel­op­ment, and design meth­ods. Mem­bers of our design team will engage in col­lab­o­ra­tive, inquiry-based approaches to solv­ing com­plex prob­lems. It will be crit­i­cal that can­di­dates have spe­cial­ized skills to inte­grate with those of other team mem­bers to deliver design solu­tions that work in spe­cific cul­tural and eco­nomic contexts.

The admis­sions process for the MDes in Inte­gra­tive Design is highly selec­tive. Approx­i­mately 5 new stu­dents join the pro­gram each year. Appli­cants must hold a bach­e­lor’s degree in design or in a field related to the spe­cific umbrella theme. Learn more about our MDes pro­gram, the umbrella theme, and cohort topic here.

Appli­ca­tion Instructions

Stamps grad­u­ate pro­grams are part of the Horace H. Rack­ham School of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies, and admis­sion to the Stamps School of Art & Design requires con­cur­rent admis­sion to Rack­ham. Appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als must be sub­mit­ted to both Rack­ham and the Stamps School as out­lined below.

    Fre­quently Asked Questions

    Visit the MDes FAQ for detailed infor­ma­tion on the MDes pro­gram, includ­ing spe­cific ques­tions about finan­cial aid, com­plet­ing your appli­ca­tion, and check­ing the sta­tus of your sub­mit­ted materials.

    Note: GRE scores are not required. If you would like to sub­mit your scores, please feel free to do so, but they are not required.


    After admis­sion mate­ri­als are reviewed, top appli­ca­tions will be inter­viewed via video con­fer­ence in mid-Feb­ru­ary. Final can­di­dates will be deter­mined after the inter­view process, and admis­sion deci­sions will be announced mid-March.