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Integrative Design MS degree

Stan Rickel, Interim Program Director
(585) 475-4745,

Program overview

The master of science in integrative design develops an understanding of the theories, methods, and processes of design, and their application in product and service development. A variety of creative design thinking techniques in areas such as systems thinking, brainstorming, immersions, contextual relevance, and empathy will be used to develop an in-depth understanding of the design process, the product/service life cycle, product/service feasibility, and the integration of social responsibility in product/service design. The program enables students with artistic, technical, engineering, and management backgrounds to study and to successfully engage within creative development teams.


Integrative design, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
IDDE-721 Elements and Methods 3
IDDE-726 Visualization I: Development 3
IDDE-731 Design Studio I: Concepts 3
IDDE-722 Emotion and Implementation 3
IDDE-727 Visualization II: Communication 3
IDDE-732 Design Studio II: Capstone 3
  Free Electives 12
Total Semester Credit Hours 30


Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in integrative design program, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of B (3.0) or higher.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit a one-page personal statement explaining your interest in studying design at the graduate level.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (one from a current or former teacher or academic adviser; one from a current or former supervisor; and one from someone familiar with your abilities).
  • Submit an essay, portfolio, or video of your academic and professional accomplishments.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum score of 100 (internet-based) is required.