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Prospective Students

Prospective Student Opportunities

The Segal Design Institute provides a welcoming environment that encourages innovation, collaboration, problem-solving, and creativity. The Segal community benefits from our close relationships with other schools at Northwestern University, as well as with design industry leaders.

Segal’s rigorous, team-based design curricula emphasize topics such as sustainability, human-centered design, socially conscious entrepreneurship, and the design and development of impactful products and services.

Its project-focused approach to coursework ensures that students leave Segal with the tools and collaborative experience needed to advance their careers.

Undergraduate Study

Segal offers valuable and immersive opportunities for undergraduates.

Design Thinking & Communication (DTC)

DTC A freshman core curriculum course required for all McCormick undergraduates

This course is also available to non-McCormick students as space is available. Please e-mail dtc@northwestern.edu for more information.

Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MaDE)

MaDE An undergraduate major for McCormick engineering students

Segal Design Certificate

CERT Open to all Northwestern students pursuing any major

Take a single design class at Segal

Open to all Northwestern students pursuing any major

Learn about Segal’s undergraduate programs



Graduate Study

Position yourself for the next step in your career in industry, research, or academia.

Master of Science in Engineering Design and Innovation (EDI)

EDI A master's program designed for recent graduates of engineering disciplines

Master of Product Design and Development Management (MPD2)

MPD2 A master's program designed for working professionals enrolling on a full-time or part-time basis

MMM Program

MMM A dual-degree MBA and MS Design Innovation program, designed for future business leaders

PhD Program

PHD Advanced study in design-related research

Take a single design class at Segal

Open to graduate students in any program at Northwestern University

Learn about Segal’s graduate and professional master's level programs



Executive Education Workshops and Part-time Programs

Master of Product Design and Development Management (MPD2)

A master's level program in which working professionals enroll on a part-time basis