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Application Process

A complete Master of Product Design and Development Management program application consists of the following:

Open Houses & Information Sessions

Come for a Visit

Discuss the mpd² program with director Walter Herbst, faculty, students, and alumni.

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Acknowledgment & Verification

The mpd² program office will email an acknowledgment once it has received your application form. We will then contact you to schedule your interview at which time you are to bring your product design and development or technical portfolio.

Mailing Address

All written materials are to be sent to:

mpd² Program
Ford Design Center, Rm. 2-316
Northwestern University
2133 Sheridan Rd. Evanston, IL 60208

Rolling Admissions

The Master of Product Design and Development (mpd²) program uses a rolling admissions process. Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis starting in September for acceptance to the next class.

Early Admissions Deadline: March 1. Applications received after March 1st will be reviewed with decisions mailed by May 30th. In the most basic terms, it means that the mpd² program reviews and decides on applications as they are received until March 1st. For applications after March 1st, decisions will be delayed for final reviews with all candidates receiving notice at the end of May. Admission to the mpd² program is competitive and candidates are encouraged to apply early.

International applicants are encouraged to apply before March 15 to allow sufficient time for application review and visa processing. 

In view of the number of applicants and our rolling admissions process, candidates should complete their application as early as possible. After all required documentation has been submitted and files are complete, they will be sent to the review committee. Applications will not be reviewed unless all required documentation has been received.

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