24 months
20800 USD/year
20800 USD/year
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Design at Cornell University brings together some of the world's leading experts in interior design, human factors and ergonomics, facility planning and management, and environmental psychology into a single field and department. 


Students benefit from a low faculty-to-student ratio and the faculty's integrated approach to the study of the planning, design, and management of the built environment and its effects on those using it.

The M.A. degree in Design, at Cornell University, is a two-year, post-professional degree program intended for students with an undergraduate degree in interior design, architecture, or product design who want to do advanced study and research program in interior design. The program culminates in a formal research thesis in which students are encouraged to systemically develop and test research based design solutions, theories, and methods.

Much of the research occurs in the field. The department also has a computer-aided design and facility management lab; human factors and ergonomics research labs; an art and environmental design gallery; and a wood workshop.

Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize existing knowledge, identifying and accessing appropriate resources and other sources of relevant information and critically analyzing and evaluating one's own findings and those of others.
  • Apply existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills.
  • Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline
  • Understand the symbiotic relationship between design process and product.
  • Understand the contextual implications related to design process including culture and whole systems impact.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of design methods.

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject include:

  • design + health
  • design for interaction
  • emerging technology for design
  • sustainable design studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL or IELTS Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE general test
  • Official transcript
  • M.A. only- Portfolio, see portfolio submission guidelines 
  • TOEFL minimum scores on Internet-based test (section minimums: writing: 20, listening: 15, reading 20: speaking: 22); overall minimum: 105
  • Preparation in human factors, environmental psychology, facility planning and design, interior design, architecture, or related areas
  • Bachelor's degree in human factors, psychology, facility planning and management or related areas such as industrial design, interior design or architecture, engineering, or anthropology

Tuition Fee

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    20800 USD/year
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Living costs for Ithaca

1128 - 2460 USD /month
Living costs

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


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