Degree Requirements

M.A. Degree Requirements

The design department offers 2 Master of Arts degrees, which share a core curriculum.

The M.A. in Design Management educates students in the theory, methods, and practices relevant to managing design in an organizational and business context. The program gives students the requisite knowledge to augment their professional skills and abilities, perform as effective design managers, and advance their careers.

The M.A. in Interaction Design educates students in the theory, methods, and practices of interaction design. It gives students the requisite professional knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform as interaction designers.

M.A. in Design Management

This program explores in depth the design function in business as an important integrative, and often interdisciplinary, area. The curriculum couples a rigorous, practical understanding of business with design’s natural capacity for handling diverse input, creative problem-solving, and human-centered understanding.

The program is for prospective students who already hold design-related baccalaureate degrees and are seeking specialized study in management. Applicants should have at least 2 years of full-time professional work experience in design or a design-related field.

The master’s student in design management should demonstrate an advanced ability to solve design problems, manage teams and processes, communicate clearly, and produce excellent goal-directed outcomes. The graduate will have completed significant course work and a thesis that documents independent discovery and research and will have passed an oral examination on that work.

Contact Info

School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Marvin Hall
1465 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 206
Lawrence, KS 66045-7626
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