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Curriculum

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Curriculum

EDI course calendarThe custom-designed EDI program curriculum focuses on an integrated design process that blends analytical skills, intuition, and creative thinking to develop practical solutions. The 15-month program includes seven core courses open only to EDI students, six elective courses of the student's choosing, and a three-unit thesis project.

Core Courses

EDI core coursework provides students with a high-level understanding of the design process, research methodologies, and innovation strategy through team-based project work.

Guided by iterative prototyping and testing, students work in teams to define design problems and develop concepts for innovative products, interactions, services, and experiences.

All students take seven core courses:

Design Boot Camp

EDI students at boot camp

All incoming students must attend a pre-term workshop called Design Boot Camp. Typically held for three weeks in September before classes begin, Boot Camp is a set of intensive training sessions that provides students the opportunity to strengthen their skills in selected tools of the design trade, including 2D visualization and communication, 3D modeling, and mechatronics.

During Boot Camp, students work on a simple project that allows them to practice their newly acquired skills. Sessions are primarily devoted to instruction, so students are expected to work on their own time to complete the project within the given timeframe.

Summer Internship

During the summer between their third and fourth quarters, EDI students are encouraged to participate in one of several design-related summer internships. Internship opportunities vary and no student is guaranteed placement. For more information, contact Amy O'Keefe, associate director of the EDI program, at edi@northwestern.edu or 847-467-4275.

Grade and Residency Requirements

EDI students must make satisfactory academic progress as defined by The Graduate School to qualify for degree completion. In addition, every credit unit counted towards the master’s degree must receive a grade of "C" or better. Students must complete all degree requirements within six quarters of study in order to qualify for the master’s degree.

Students who do not meet satisfactory academic progress requirements will be placed on academic probation for one quarter. If after one quarter academic progress has not improved, students will be subject to exclusion from the degree.

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