Master of Industrial Design

A woman experiences the Interactive Product Development Lab project 'Light Orchard.'

Ready for new industry possibilities

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.

Our graduates have job titles that didn't exist ten 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.

Master of Industrial Design students work on ideation at a pin board.

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.

Master of Industrial Design students pose with customized, 3-D printed products from the Body Scan Lab.

Master of Industrial Design requirements

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 degree in industrial design take the three-year Master of Industrial Design program, in order to build up their design skills.

Applicants are required to provide their undergraduate transcript, three letters of reference, a statement of intent, a GRE score, no less than a 100 TOEFL score if you are an international student, and a digital portfolio.

There are no hard requirements for that digital portfolio. But generally it should:

  • Highlight the knowledge and skills that are the basis of your application to the master program.
  • Showcase the type of work you have done such as, products, drawings, photography, etc.

For portfolio items that show product development, they should include details about the project from the beginning of problem definition to ideation, testing, and solution.

The works in the portfolio along with your statement of purpose should give us a clear picture of where you are as a designer, how you hope to build on your skills (which are your starting point in the program), and how you envision your work/development in the master program will ultimately help you to achieve your goals.