The program consists of three semesters of coursework. Students in each area undertake a core set of courses including a discursive proseminar in the first semester, followed by research methods and related topical courses in the second semester. During their second semester students elect to complete the program in three semesters, culminating in a final Qualifying Paper , or they may elect to extend their research into a fourth semester with an “Open Project” final design research endeavor, conducted independently or in collaboration with their peers and GSD faculty. Whether it is establish a research agenda for an academic career, retool for design practice, or enter design from an adjacent, the MDes program is a nimble and flexible program designed to amplify and accelerate the cultivation of novel approaches to design for this century. Please review further information on the program’s areas of concentration and outcome throughout the GSD website. And, if possible, please join us for our Open House events at the GSD for further information about the programs.