Academic Director of the Product Design Program
Join us and learn how to apply design to some of the world’s trickiest challenges. In the Design Impact MS program students learn to envision, create, implement and reflect.
Our program is project-based and highly immersive. Students learn processes, abilities, mindsets and skills needed to be an ethical, equitable, and impactful designer in today’s world. We are equally rigorous about problem-finding and solving, and believe in a human-centered approach that prioritizes people and planet over profit. We focus on the strategic without sacrificing the actionable, creating innovative and tangible solutions. In our work on products, services, systems, and experiences, empathy is a guiding principle.
We are looking for exceptional students to join us at Stanford and begin their journey towards transforming the world for the better.
The Master of Science in Design Impact was created for students who want to focus solely on design for their graduate work.
The d.school (formally called the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) was created to introduce design thinking methodology to as many Stanford students as possible in order to give them confidence in their creative ability—regardless of their field of study. The d.school is a “school crossing” for students and professors from all schools within the university, and unlike the MS in Design Impact, the d.school doesn’t offer a degree.
For example, if you’re getting an MBA, you could augment that degree by building skills in design thinking. You would apply to the business school and then come to the d.school to take supplementary classes. The same is true if you are applying to the Medical School to become a doctor, or applying to the School of Education to gain expertise in that field. If you have a depth of interest in any particular field but want to get involved in the d.school, apply to the graduate program that best suits your interest, and augment your degree program with classes offered at the d.school.
Attending any of the seven graduate schools at Stanford will make you eligible for classes at the d.school; simply apply for the individual d.school classes that most interest you. However, if you want to gain depth and expertise in design and make it the focus of your studies, projects, and community at Stanford, we welcome your application for the MS in Design Impact.