Are you an engineer or businessperson looking to further your education?
Starting in the fall semester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will offer a Master’s degree in Integrated Design, geared toward engineering, business and design professionals in the early or middle stages of their careers.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate expertise in design, engineering, or management, as well as submit a portfolio of their work. Graduates will receive a Master’s in engineering and management.
The backgrounds of the program’s student body and faculty will be composed of equal parts engineering, business, and design professionals, according to Matthew S. Kressy, the program’s director. “This is critical to achieving balance—through exposure to these different fields, students learn to incorporate the power of the other disciplines into their perspectives,” he says.
The first cohort of 20 Integrated Design and Management students will begin classes in August, embarking on a two-year program within the MIT System Design and Management program, jointly launched by the Sloan School of Management and the School of Engineering. The core curriculum will be taught in the Integrated Design Lab, a design studio environment equipped with cutting-edge equipment such as 3D printers and robotic arms. There, students will work on designing and manufacturing products, creating online consumer experiences, and developing remedies for societal issues in downtown Boston. Students will also work with top companies and local municipalities on internships, consulting projects, and solving societal problems.
“We want people who are driven, disruptive, and entrepreneurial,” says Kressy. “We want people who are risk takers, independent thinkers and who aren’t afraid to question authority. We are now accepting applications for an inaugural cohort for a new way of teaching and learning at MIT that I believe will produce visionary, business, design and societal leaders.”
MIT, a private research university located in Cambridge, Mass., has been in operation since 1865.