Design Thinking & Innovation

MBA Concentration or Master of Science

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Become the change agent organizations need.

Design thinking is the study of customer needs and how to eliminate inefficiencies. Businesses need design thinking and innovation because it bridges the gap between the intent of the organization and the actual use and experience of the customer, creating closer equilibrium. 

In this program, you will acquire the tools and knowledge to develop innovative products, services, communications and business models with an organizational impact. By learning techniques, gaining experience, and developing real projects using design thinking methodologies, you will be able to implement new and creative solutions to positively impact the world around you.

Program Length

  • MS Program: 30 credit-hour program.
    • MS, DTI program can be completed in less than two years.
  • MBA program: 36-45 credit hours, depending on whether a student has undergraduate coursework in a business-related field.
    • Program length is typically two years.

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“Design can help to improve our lives in the present. Design thinking can help us chart a path into the future.” 

Tim Brown

President & CEO of IDEO

MBA vs. MS: What's the difference?

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Design Thinking & Innovation is largely quantitative and contains the foundational disciplines of business, while the Master of Science (MS) in Design Thinking & Innovation is a broad degree that focuses more on the people side of this concentration than the different organizational areas. For more details, view the degree requirements for both programs.