24 months
46690 USD/year
46690 USD/year
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The MDes is a two-year programa at the Carnegie Mellon University in design for interactions that immerses you in a research-based approach to design within the context of services and social innovation. Ours was one of the first programs to offer a master’s degree in interaction Design and is widely considered among the best in the world. 


We have deep roots in information and communication Design, and our graduates enjoy access to a rich variety of career options.Our program framework acknowledges the social and natural worlds as the greater context for all design problems. Through coursework and research, our graduate students learn a rigorous process for documenting, analyzing, and understanding the past and present—in order to propose more desirable systems and interactions for the future.We encourage students to take a broad view of design and engage in radical invention as they become active creators of a better future.

Apply design research in your area of interest.

A unique feature of the MDes program at the Carnegie Mellon University is the thesis, an independent research and design project you’ll complete with your faculty advisor as mentor. You might choose to investigate emerging design opportunities in computing or communication technology, or define a topic in design for services or design for social innovation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar: Interaction & Service Design Concepts
  • Communication Design Studio: Theory & Practice
  • Studio: Research Based Design for Interactions
  • Design Research Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

All prospective students must submit an online application that includes:

  • A statement of intent
  • Letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores where applicable (scores must be less than two years old. Or the Duolingo online English proficiency exam for students
  • Official transcripts
  • A link to your portfolio
  • A one-minute video
  • Your admissions fee

Tuition Fee

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    46690 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 46690 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    46690 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 46690 USD per year during 24 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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