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We’re A Collaborative Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Design + Innovation Program That Prepares Students For Leadership Roles in Design and Innovation


The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Master of Science in Design + Innovation (MD+I) is an accelerated masters program that equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to design, develop and implement innovative products, services and systems. With a foundation in human- and life-centered design, MD+I students have the opportunity to work on real-world projects in collaboration with industry, community and academic partners.

Be exposed to the lessons and perspectives of design thinking from five (5) of UW-Madison’s Schools and Colleges

Engineering, Human Ecology, Business, Information School, and Art

Work within interdisciplinary teams to complete real-world projects in conjunction with industry partners

Explore unique career paths within the fields of

Product Design, UI/UX design, Communication Design, and Design Strategy

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Dive into MDI and learn more about the program

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Read about our current cohort of MDI students

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Kathryn Ulrich

“For anyone looking to truly expand their current horizon and push themselves to think differently, I highly encourage you to look into the MDI program. Not only will you receive a one-of-a-kind educational experience with brilliant minds to open you up to new directions and ways of thinking, you also have the opportunity to create your own journey.”


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The deadline for application is February 1st


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