Industrial Design, MSD

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The MSD in industrial design is meant for individuals interested in advanced studies in:

  • criticism and methodology
  • design processes
  • history
  • human factors
  • technology
  • theory

This program helps students develop an understanding of contemporary industrial design issues through specialized research and design skills. It also prepares the graduate student for a career in industrial design education.

This is a research-based degree. Students interested in a studio-based program should refer to the Master of Industrial Design.

At A Glance

Industrial Design, MSD

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in graphic design, industrial design, interior design or a related design discipline from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. portfolio
  4. letter of intent
  5. resume
  6. contact information of three references
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency through either the TOEFL or the IELTS regardless of current residency. The minimum score for admission to the program is 80 (internet-based) or 550 (paper-based) on the TOEFL or an overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS.

Other information for international applicants can be found at https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency.

When applying for admission, applicants must declare one of the concentrations.

The portfolio, letter of intent, resume and contact information of three references must be submitted via Slideroom (https://asudesign.slideroom.com). The Design School requires that these be submitted in addition to the graduate application requirements.

GRE scores are not required.

Admission to the program is selective. Admission cannot be deferred; students must enroll in the semester for which they are admitted, otherwise they will need to go through the entire application process again for the year in which they are applying.

A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting the department.

Information about this program

Visit The Design School website for full details.