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Master of Industrial Design

Master of Industrial Design

NOTE: Applications to the Master of Industrial Design (MID) program are due February 15, 2021. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and decreased access to testing facilities, the GRE requirement is waived for students applying for admission in Fall 2021. GRE scores will not be taken into account during the application review process.

Interested in an MID Application Fee Waiver? Georgia Tech graduate applicants to the Master of Industrial Design (MID) program may qualify to receive an application fee waiver for the Fall 2021 program application. To qualify, you must express financial hardship and explain the significance of the fee waiver for you. Learn more and apply here.

Georgia Tech grads have never had as many design career opportunities as they do now. That's why the School of Industrial Design specializes in "design research." It's the difference that lets our students innovate across "new economy" industries.

Innovation can only happen with students who are confident with their technological toolkit. Humanitarian design is driven by a deep engagement with today's most pressing problems. Insightful research drives innovation and answers important questions. Relentless design development results in pure, simple elegance.

Our graduates have job titles that didn't exist 10 years ago: Experience Designer, Interaction Designer, UX Strategist, UX/UI Designer, Social Media Designer. They work for design studios, software companies, social media companies, and top global brands. Or they start their own companies, working to accelerate growth for entire industries.

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Designing a Network that Works

Our design studios teach design thinking: empathy, creativity, design research, user experience. Together with classmates from around the world, our students learn to validate their ideas, build compelling design stories, and uncover new market opportunities.

These student design teams are the foundation of a lasting, international network. Georgia Tech facilitates the collaborative power of a top-tier research institute and our world-class expert faculty. Additionally, our students have access to the School's prestigious network through industry-sponsored projects and internships.

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Learn With Us

The kinds of problems tackled by designers have always been complex. The steady advance of technology only adds complexity. A good design today must not only provide an effective solution to a real problem, it must also consider many other factors related to things such as the impact on society, the environment, level of sustainability, support for disability and aging, marketing, finance, materials, or engineering. This is an array of variables that no single technology or discipline can tackle on its own.

Our Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Applicants for the Master of Industrial Design can come from any background. We offer a two-year degree and a three-year degree. Students who do not already have a bachelor's in industrial design take the three-year Master of Industrial Design program to build up their design skills.

Our Multi-Disciplinary Approach

There will always be a need for specialists who are supremely talented at creating solutions that fall within a particular domain. However, many of the most important problems today do not fall neatly into single disciplinary buckets that can effectively be addressed with a one-dimensional approach. Solving these will require leaders with the ability to synthesize ideas from multiple domains and apply them in a creative, user-centered and evidence-based way. Those who are able to do this are in high demand in any number of industries.

The goal of the Master of Industrial Design program at Georgia Tech is to equip design leaders to meet these challenges. The program stresses a human-centered, research-focused and evidence-based approach to design in a highly multi-disciplinary environment. Whether your goal is to specialize in areas such as design research, healthcare/medical device design, or interaction design, you will find the resources to explore new frontiers. As a tier-one research institution, our faculty are continually investigating new areas in design and technology. We work with industry sponsors to tackle real-world issues while leveraging the strengths on campus in areas such as engineering and computing. 

Young Mi Choi
MID Program Coordinator
Associate Professor, School of Industrial Design


Other Graduate Options

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Another route to graduate studies in Industrial Design is through the Master of Science in Human-Centered Interaction.
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Assistantships and Fellowships

Be a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) or a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA).
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Labs and Research

Learn more about the different ways our faculty and students are engaging in research.

Graduate Academic Support

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Young Mi Choi

Associate Professor, School of Industrial Design & MID Program Coordinator
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Sudie Pennebaker

Academic Advisor, School of Industrial Design

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