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Master of Science in Design Technology at Cornell University

The Master of Science in Design Technology course at Cornell University empowers students to address design-led issues through cross-disciplinary and collaborative research and practice.

School: Cornell University
Course: Master of Science in Design Technology
Location: Ithaca and New York, USA
Course dates: August 2024 to May 2026
Application deadline: 3 January 2024

The Master of Science in Design Technology program at Cornell University is a two-year research and project degree offered jointly by the College of Architecture, Art and Planning and Cornell Tech that brings faculty and students together across disciplines to identify and address design problems through collaborative research and making.

The Master of Science in Design Technology program (M.S. DT) catalyzes multidisciplinary expertise, exploration, innovation and collaboration across design plus interaction, design plus materials, design plus media and design plus environments.

This synergistic approach affords students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds opportunities to expand their creative potential by deepening their knowledge and understanding of material and computational design, AI and design, digital fabrication, and emerging materials and technologies.

Students pursue research with the aim of advancing innovations across science and design for applications spanning digital tools, products, responsive materials and the built environment.

Such transdisciplinary collaboration and hybrid thinking in design prepare students for emerging careers in both the academy and in practice and industry.

All students spend the first year in Ithaca and the second year at either the Ithaca or Cornell Tech campus, depending on the student's track.

The M.S. DT is administered by the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) and the core faculty bring expertise from AAP and partner colleges including, the Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science (Bowers CIS), Cornell Human Ecology (CHE), Cornell Engineering and Cornell Tech.

Students with an undergraduate or graduate degree in architecture, design disciplines, engineering, biological or materials science, computer science or design-adjacent degrees are strong candidates for the M.S. DT program.

For more information, join us for a virtual information session on 1 November 2023.

Applications to this course have now closed. 

Top image: During the Cornell Tech Open Studio Fall 2022 event, master's students Thanut Sakdanaraseth, Kseniya Yerakhavets and Thomas Wallace discuss their interdisciplinary project, Automata Mangrove, with Jenny Sabin, professor of architecture, chair of the new multicollege Department of Design Tech and director of the M.S. DT.

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