12 months
48560 USD/year
48560 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Arts (MA) in Design at Carnegie Mellon University is a one-year degree intended for students without design experience, who would like to transition from other disciplines, or add a design complement to their existing professional profile.


The Design program allows you to study design fundamentals with some of the brightest thinkers and most talented practitioners in the field. You’ll learn timeless principles while gaining exposure to approaches, ideas, and methods at the forefront of design.For some, this one-year program is a sufficient introduction to design that will inform and augment their skill set as they continue in a complementary career track. 

For others, this is the first step toward deeper studies that will ultimately lead to a rewarding career in design. You might go on to complete our MPS, MDes, or PhD program; continue a course of study in business, human-computer interaction, or entertainment technology; or return to work in your previous field with the advantage of design skills and perspectives.


The Carnegie Mellon University mission is to create a transformative educational experience for students focused on deep disciplinary knowledge; problem solving; leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills; and personal health and well-being.

To cultivate a transformative university community committed to :

  • attracting and retaining diverse, world-class talent; 
  • creating a collaborative environment open to the free exchange of ideas, where research, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship can flourish
  • ensuring individuals can achieve their full potential.

To impact society in a transformative way — regionally, nationally, and globally — by engaging with partners outside the traditional borders of the university campus.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interaction Design 
  • Prototyping for Interaction Design 
  • Design Software Lab
  • Visual Communication Fundamentals 
  • Design Principles & Practices

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


93 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A statement of intent
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GRE test scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores where applicable
  • Official transcripts
  • A link to your portfolio
  • Your admissions fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    48560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 48560 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    48560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 48560 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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