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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Industrial Design, MS

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design  > Industrial Design, MS

The program for the Master of Science in Industrial Design degree is a two-year curriculum of 36 term hours.

The graduate program offers a new perspective on creativity, product and system development, services and environment with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies: design for health, design for sustainability, and design for the world community. Before the first term of graduate study, a personalized curriculum is developed to meet a student’s research topic and interdisciplinary study plan. In conjunction with the required courses, elective courses may be taken in the College of Architecture, Bauer College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Hotel Restaurant and Management or other departments and colleges of the university in order to complete a personalized program of study.

Students can achieve Entrepreneurship Certificate from the Bauer College of Business.

The Entrepreneurship Certificate is a joint endeavor between the Industrial Design program at the College of Architecture and the Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship at the Bauer College of Business, ranked as one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the nation. This certificate program provides a series of courses in entrepreneurship and the business skills necessary to commercialize new design opportunities. Students have additional business content that is not typically offered in Master of Industrial Design studies and more start up content than a traditional MBA.



Degree Plan: Personalized Program of Study

The personalized graduate degree plan will be developed in consultation with the Director of the Industrial Design program in order to meet students’ individual research goals.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should complete the online graduate application process found at How to Apply, including a non-refundable application fee. Additionally, applicants should submit a portfolio directly by mail to the College of Architecture & Design Graduate Admissions Office.

  • Portfolio Requirements
    • Purpose
      • The portfolio allows reviewers to determine an applicant’s potential for success in a studio based design curriculum. Evidence of creative work is not limited to Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Industrial Design work. Examples of creative work may include designs, drawings, photographs, paintings, sculpture, writing, or other creative pursuits. Please include a brief explanation of work submitted.
    • Portfolio Content - Industrial Design
      • Applicants should submit examples of work demonstrating an ability to pursue study at an advanced level. The portfolio should be of high quality and provide evidence of well-developed graphic skills, a sense of design, and an understanding of space, form, and volume at different scales. The review committee assumes the portfolio represents the applicant’s best abilities in design.
    • Portfolio Format

Degree Requirements

Prior Degree Information:

Candidates who do not have an undergraduate degree in industrial design are advised to take an additional 17 credits focusing on the development of fundamental design thinking and visualization skills. The Director of Industrial Design program and instructors will advise and approve appropriate courses including undergraduate industrial design studios.

Prospective Degree Plan, Entrepreneurial Design and Technology (MS in Industrial Design with Entrepreneurship Certificate)

Prospective Degree Plan, Design Research and Development

First Year

Second Year



Program Concentration Notes

*Students can expand design research in the context of space architecture and extreme environment from Master of Science in Space Architecture program:

  • ARCH 6201 - Main Systems Integration I ,
  • ARCH 6203 - Spacecraft and Habitat Design I ,
  • ARCH 6204 - Spacecraft and Habitat Design II .