Master of Design

Evidence-Based Design and Design Research

The Master of Design (MDes) emphasizes systematic approaches for applying research methods to study, define, propose, prototype, and evaluate design projects that respond creatively to complex & open challenges. We prepare our students to take leadership roles in their work after graduation.

The Master of Design (MDes) program is an accredited, multidisciplinary experience with a curriculum that is rooted in evidence-based design and design research.

The MDes program exists across multiple fields of design, including User-Experience (UX), Communication, Industrial, and Fashion Design. Our students develop systematic solutions to complex problems through rigorous research protocols, research methods for exploration, validation in the design process, and dissemination of research. MDes is considered a “terminal” degree in the United States, necessary for teaching positions at the college level.

The MDes program was one of the few I found that created space for me as a non-traditional designer to explore my interests in customer experience (CX) using design methodologies. The program's interdisciplinary design requires students to explore other disciplines, work collaboratively and practice systematic thinking over a singular product or service development.

James Avant, 2nd Year MDes

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The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Design program features an multidisciplinary experience and a proven curriculum. Interested in learning more? Request more information today!

Connect with our MDes Graduate Program:

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Matt Wizinsky

Master of Design Program Director


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Sheri Cottingim

Graduate Program Coordinator, Master of Design


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James Avant

Graduate Student Ambassador, Ullman School of Design