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Elective courses from the McCormick School of Engineering, the Kellogg School of Management, the Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications, and the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation provide opportunities for EDI students to explore a variety of perspectives on design, communications, and management.

EDI students are required to take six units of elective coursework. At least two of these courses must be at the 400 level. Optionally, students may work with an adviser to select four courses that form a theme, such as manufacturing methods, medical device innovation, or engineering management. Independent study or University-sponsored research can be used for two of the six units of elective credit required, but it may only be applied during the first and/or second quarters of study.

View the complete elective course offerings at The Graduate School website.

Courses by Subject Area

Below are some suggested elective courses offered by different departments and schools across the University. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) have been recommended by former EDI students.

Biomedical Engineering

Business Factors

Consumer Insights

Design Innovation

Design Innovation Education


Human-Computer Interaction

Mechanical Engineering

Organizational Change

Sustainable Design

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