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What makes EDI different?

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Application Requirements

EDI students are chosen based on their backgrounds, ability to learn, and their contributions to the overall program experience. Learn more about what goes into your application to the EDI program.

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Tuition, Financial Aid, and Applying to Multiple Programs

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $18,040 per quarter for full-time enrollment (3-4 credits). In 2020-2021, the EDI program will require four full-time quarters (fall, winter, spring, and fall), one part-time quarter (winter of the second year), and participation in the pre-term Design Boot Camp ($1000) for incoming students. Please refer to The Graduate School website for detailed information about the cost of tuition.

Most EDI students are self-funded or rely on student loans while in school. Financial aid information and applications are available through the Evanston Office of Graduate Financial Aid.


Funding Opportunities

Partial tuition awards are offered to exceptional applicants each year.  Recipients of these awards are selected based on the merit of their program applications.  No additional steps are necessary in order to apply for a tuition award. 

Students interested in supporting undergraduate coursework in design and innovation are encouraged to apply for Design Coach positions within the Segal Design Institute.  These positions pay hourly and applications are open prior to the start of each quarter.

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Applying to Multiple Programs

For the current graduate admissions season, applicants hoping to enroll in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science will be able to submit applications to up to two PhD programs. Applicants interested in this option are required to designate their first and second choice of the two PhD programs. The fee for an application to a single program is $95; the fee for an application to two programs is $150. 

The program listed as the applicant’s first choice will take precedence in admissions decisions. The second choice program will review an applicant’s file only if the first choice program does not admit the student.

A PhD applicant may also mark the application so that her or his file be considered for a self-funded Master’s degree in the first choice PhD program.

Questions about the two-application process should be referred to Bruce A. Lindvall, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, at


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