M.S. in Design Thinking and Innovation

Degree Requirements

Learn to think your way from post-it notes and whiteboards to solving human-centric problems in unorthodox ways.  Develop critical thinking skills and a mind for innovation. Ideators, strategizers, investigators, self-starters, problem-solvers, make-it-up-as-you-goers—this program is tailored for you.  Whether you are in engineering, product design, health care, psychology, or the arts, organizations need to know who their customer is.  Design thinking has enabled the designer to become the agent of change in organizations and to act as a lever of transformation in a new way of working, enabling innovation in processes, products, services, communication, and business strategy.

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.  Students in the Design Thinking & Innovation program will acquire the tools and knowledge to develop innovative products, services, communications and a business model with an organizational impact.  By learning techniques, gaining experience, and developing real projects using design thinking methodologies, students will be able to implement new and creative solutions to positively impact the world around them.



M.S. Core Requirements - 18 hours

  • BUS 6003 Foundations of Accounting and Finance
  • BUS 7033 Organizational Management & Leadership
  • BUS 7443 Leading Organizational Transformation
  • BUS 7453 Personality & Emotional Health in Organizations
  • BUS 8033 Christian Foundations of Business
  • BUS 8793 Designing & Executing Strategies

Design Thinking & Innovation - 12 hours

  • BUS 7243 Design Research
  • BUS 7253 Design Thinking Methods
  • BUS 8023 Project Management
  • BUS 8613 Seminar in Design Thinking & Innovation



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