The MS in Engineering, Design Impact is a two-year program. The charts below list the courses by year. In the first year, students take all classes together as a cohort. In the second year, students will continue to work together in the year-long “Design Impact” course, which will be the culmination of their educational experience and propel them to career paths.

The Electives in second year will be a combination of building a deep learning in the student’s chosen theme area (Impact theme), and expanding the skill toolkit of the student as appropriate (skillset track). Click on the links to learn more about the classes.

The summer before the program commences, students may be asked to perform preparation work by taking online courses as recommended by their advisor, in order to fortify any weak areas in skills coming into the program.

The summer between first year and second year will be spent completing an internship experience related to their chosen theme and otherwise preparing them for the Design Impact course of second year.

At the end of the summer, they will create a “Personal Reflection,” which will take the form of an installation or other designed experience that communicates their inspiration / passion / motivation / frustration relating to both their own life and their contribution to the Design Impact theme. This will be shared in an exhibition at the beginning of the Autumn quarter, second year.

First Year

Prep work: CAD,
Adobe Suite, Stats,
Math, Programming
(Optional as needed)
Design Process (ME313)Design Leadership & Teamwork (ME311)The Design of Data (DESINST 215)
Needfinding & Stakeholder Empathy (ME277)Design Experiments (ME341)Smart Products (ME216M)
Prototyping (ME203)Programming (CS106A)Business Considerations in Design (ME or MS&E)

(to be selected in consultation with advisor)


Second Year

Design Impact (ME316A)Design Impact (ME316B)Design Impact (ME316C)
Internship ExperienceElective 1Elective 3Elective 5
Personal ReflectionElective 2Elective 4Independent Study: Outcomes & Artifacts (ME391)