Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Design (MDes)

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:School of Industrial Design
Field of Study:Industrial Design
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $7,943
National: $8,340
Careers:Industrial Designers


The Master of Design (MDes) is a research-focused program for candidates with prior design training or professional experience who want to probe more deeply into the theoretical and research issues related to design research, interdisciplinary design development and strategic design planning that adds new knowledge to the design field. The MDes program enables graduates to positively affect the greater integration of design principles, methodologies and interdisciplinary design development processes into private and public sector business practice. The School of Industrial Design provides a collaborative graduate studio space, a sensor lab and prototyping labs.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
Applicants must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in a design discipline, or the equivalent, with B- or higher overall. Applicants with a design-related background, but not a degree in design, will be required to demonstrate significant links between their academic background and professional experience in the design development process.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 01, 2022