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Pratt Institute Graduate Design Management Program

The Pratt Institute's graduate program in design management provides students with a cutting edge, interdisciplinary learning opportunity that integrates design, technology, and business. The program bridges the disciplines of design and business management.

The design management program teaches the key elements of "design thinking", a mode of thought which enables graduates to innovate more consistently and within a broader context of sustainable, global business operations. Graduates go on to leadership roles in the design management and strategic management fields.

Participants in the design management program come from a variety of disciplines, including industrial design, interior design, graphic design, fashion design, communication and information design, interactive media design, and architecture.

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Design Management

The Design Management M.P.S. degree from Pratt provides an executive management education more focused than an M.B.A. degree. The program addresses the special needs of design leaders who manage design teams in creative industries worldwide.

"Business Week" ranks the Pratt Institute M.P.S. Design Management program as one of the best design thinking programs in the world. Launched in 1995, the program develops skills such as leadership, team building, strategy, finance, marketing, and operations.

Six Study Areas Comprise M.P.S. Design Management Curriculum

Courses in the Design Management Program focus on the role design can play to build a well-grounded, sustainable business. Students develop strategic management skills in 6 study areas related to design management: operations management; financial management; marketing management; organization and human resources management; management of innovation and change; and management of local, regional, and global suppliers, distributors, and markets.

Weekend and Intense Week-Long Courses for Working Students

The Pratt Institute Design Management Program (DMP) has been developed and refined in the tradition of successful executive Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) programs; participants may retain their fulltime positions during the 2 years normally required to earn the M.P.S. in Design Management degree.

The 2-year program is structured around 5 semesters. Participants complete between 4 and 6 courses per semester on alternating weekends.

Intensive Fulltime Course Work Also Included

On 3 separate occasions -- at the beginning, middle, and end of the design management program -- participants spend a full week (7 days) taking several brief, intensive courses together at Pratt's Manhattan campus.

These live classroom experiences, along with networking opportunities during off hours, help establish relationships among students (and with faculty) in each class. Most participants feel these rigorous weeks in the program spent on campus are especially valuable. Benefits include live feedback, refinement of fields of interest, study support, and relationship building that can create important partnerships and networks after the DMP is completed.

DMP Coursework is Interdisciplinary and Integrated

Course subjects in the Pratt Institute Design Management Program are both design- and non-design-specific and examine best practice concepts that comprise professional design management leadership. For example, the key concepts of Strategic Design Intelligence (SDI) and Sustainable Creative Advantage (SCA) are explored in terms of creating value and sustainable advantage for a business.

The Strategic Marketing course examines the role of strategic design intelligence in the marketing process to create sustainable creative advantage. Current theories and practices of marketing are covered, including responsible package design.

The Managing Innovation and Change course guides design managers through emerging processes required to move new ideas through organizations.

The Business Strategy course explores the formulation, communication, and implementation of both corporate and business-level strategy.

The Catalyst -- a DMP publication -- Has Global Audience

Pratt's design management program publishes "The Catalyst Strategic Design Review." The publication addresses the strategic value of design by examining its influence in defining and creating a sustainable future for the economy, society, and the environment.

DMP students may develop submissions for this publication that emphasize the value of the creative design process, particularly outside the realm of traditional design disciplines. During the first 4 months, the launch issue was viewed by audiences from 61 countries.

Living and Housing Costs at the Pratt Institute

Campus housing has been expanded to meet students' needs and apartment-style residence halls are available to graduate students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Housing costs average $19,550 (2018-2019) per academic year.

There is a plentiful supply of moderately priced rentals in the immediate area for those students choosing to reside off campus.

Design Management Faculty Experienced in Design for Business

Pratt's distinguished faculty is often cited by alumni as a top reason for attending the Pratt Institute. Professors are working professionals, many of whom have received awards for their work and are leaders in their fields.

Design management graduate students are taught and mentored by more than 20 faculty members of the Design Management Department. These faculty members come from myriad backgrounds and industries where design is a critical function of business success

Small class size in the design management program lets students develop academic relationships with professors based on their real-world experience. For example, adjunct professor James Murray is the Director of Design and Creative Integration -- Bed, Bath & Beyond. He also was the past Design Director for Macy's Home Store.

Pratt Career Services Available for a Lifetime

The Pratt Institute Career Services Office can help DMP students and graduates network with local, national, and international professionals and employers. Students may access much of this support online.

Design Management Program Application Requirements

The application requirements for the M.P.S. in Design Management degree program include a bachelor's degree in one of the design disciplines and a minimum 3 years of professional experience.

The Pratt Institute has Campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan

The Pratt Institute is one of the largest and most selective colleges of art, design, and architecture in the world. It is the second largest independent college of art, design, and architecture in the nation and the largest in the northeastern United States.

Founded in 1887, Pratt's main campus is located in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, NY. The Pratt Institute also has a Manhattan-based campus which opened more than 40 years ago. Many of the school's graduate programs are offered there, including the Graduate Design Management Program in Pratt's School of Art and Design.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

Degrees Awarded

Master's Degrees 20

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Master's Degrees Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

108
Applied
66
Accepted
22
Enrolled
61%

Applying

50
Application Fee - Domestic
90
Application Fee - International
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 5th January 5th No
Spring deadline October 1st October 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Master's Degree Requirements Letters of recommendation, portfolio
International Students Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 1
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

41
Total Graduate Students
43%
International Breakout (representing other countries)
56%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 4.88%
Black or African American 9.76%
White or Caucasian 19%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 4.88%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown Not Reported

Gender

Male (21%)
Female (78%)

Location & Contact

Address 144 West 14th Street
New York, NY  10011
United States
Contact Dr. Mary McBride
Chairperson
Email: mmcb1033@pratt.edu
Phone: 212-647-7538
Fax: 212-367-2480

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