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Design a More Rewarding Career with a Graduate Degree in Design Science

Customize Your Pathway

Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) is a top ranked division within the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan that offers six pre-eminent interdisciplinary programs. Students may pursue their own interests by creating a customized pathway of study from world-renowned faculty and industry experts among a mixed cohort of working professionals and full-time graduate students, which allows for a more rewarding and individualized learning experience.

Why Design Science?

Design science is a unique, interdisciplinary graduate program that prepares driven students from a wide range of backgrounds to design the future. In this highly flexible on-campus program, students combine core courses on design theory and process with classes from across the University of Michigan to create a personalized degree. Our students have undergraduate degrees in engineering, psychology, industrial design, and business Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of fields, including industry, consulting, and academia. Design science is the path to applying modern, human-centered design approaches to complex problems.

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A TOP-TIER ENGINEERING SCHOOL

Michigan Engineering is home to top-ranked departments that collaborate within the nation’s number one public research institution—the University of Michigan. We strive to anticipate the global, technological and educational changes ahead, and position our institution to lead the evolution of 21st-century engineering research and education for the benefit of the common good.

RANKED

#1

U.S. Public University

by QS World Rankings (2020)

#1

Public Research University In The U.S.

by the National Science Foundation (2017)

#2

Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems Engineering Programs​

by U.S. News and World Report (2020)

#7

Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs​

U.S. News and World Report (2022)

WHY ISD?

Integrative Mindset

We approach all of our programs with an integrative mindset, combining systems and design thinking. This holistic approach is the Michigan difference that makes students standout as leaders throughout their career.

Immersive Experience

A key component of our curriculum is our Capstone Project, which gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in uncommon experiential learning opportunities to solve real world problems, taking the knowledge learned throughout the program directly to a graduate-level project in cutting-edge research labs, top ranked companies, or non-profit organizations.

Competitive Career Pathways

Our curriculum is organized into career pathways making students highly competitive for the best jobs around the world. ISD students have access to a myriad of resources, including professional societies and clubs, alumni connections and career resources, to give them the tools they need to prepare them to enter the workforce and excel in their career.

CAPSTONE PROJECT
PARTNER COMPANIES:

150+

CAREER
PLACEMENT:

95%

employed within 3 months
of graduation

AVERAGE
STARTING SALARY:

$90k

Ilka-Rodriguez-Calero

Ilka Rodriguez-Calero ’22

ISD Doctoral Student, Design Science

“What we design matters. There are many people working toward broader visions of design than what it has historically been like. I want to be able to keep learning so I can contribute in this particular way.”

WHY MICHIGAN?

  • Integrates research, education, and practice
  • Flexible, custom programs of study 
  • 100+ top-10 programs
  • World-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art facilities
  • 500K+ alumni networks
  • Holistic education serving the common good

Be a Leader and Best at developing innovations to create a better future.​

Design a More Rewarding Career with a Graduate Degree in Design Science

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