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EDI Experience

Take a human-centered approach to graduate study.

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Engineering Design Innovation (EDI) program is a full-time graduate program that teaches engineers how to address design problems using a human-centered approach. While solving the needs of real people, EDI students are deeply immersed in design thinking — an innovative process of user observation, visualization, rapid prototyping, and iteration. You'll graduate ready to lead cross-functional teams and design groundbreaking new products and services.

THE EDI STUDENT

The EDI program seeks engineers who thrive on creating new things and are comfortable with problems that are hard to pin down.

Although most EDI students enter the program with a BS degree in engineering or a related field, students with other academic backgrounds and work experience may be considered.

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Curriculum

The EDI program's curriculum includes:

  • Human-Centered Design Studio
  • Core courses on design methodologies, product development process, and strategy
  • Elective courses
  • Thesis project
  • Design Boot Camp
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Studio Culture

Studio Culture

A highly-engaged studio culture is central to how EDI students learn and live during the program. 

Thanks to an intentionally small cohort size, EDI students are able to work closely with our faculty members and one another in a living studio. In this collaborative atmosphere, EDI students learn from and support one another.

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Pillars of the Student Experience

The EDI student experience is diverse, both inside and outside the classroom. Explore what makes our program unique.

What Sets EDI Apart

Learn about Northwestern's design ecology, the studio culture of the EDI program, and how you'll define your areas of interest during the program.

Areas of Interest

Areas of Interest

EDI students are asked to identify 3 areas of interest to guide them during the program. Areas include a combination of Design Research, Product Design, Design Engineering, UI/UX, Service Design, Product Management, Tech, Consumer Products, Healthcare, Social Impact, Consulting, or Entrepreneurship. 
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