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 “Idea to 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.

Both first and second year students may choose to create a “Reframe” project, 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 Spring quarter.

First Year

Pre-Summer Autumn Winter Spring
Prep work: CAD,
Adobe Suite, Stats,
Math, Programming
(Optional as needed)
Human Values & Innovation in Design (ME313) Leading Design Teams (ME311) Design of Data (DESINST 215)
Graduate Research Methods in Design (ME277) Design Experiments (ME341) Introduction to the Design of Smart Products (ME216M)
Design & Manufacturing (ME203) Programming Methodology (CS106A) or higher-numbered CS course Business Considerations in Design (ME or MS&E)

(to be selected in consultation with advisor)

Units 10 10 10

Second Year

Summer Autumn Winter Spring
Design Impact Master’s Project I: Idea to Impact (ME316A) Design Impact Master’s Project II: Idea to Impact (ME316B) Design Impact Master’s Project III: Idea to Impact (ME316C)
Internship Experience Elective 1 Elective 3 Elective 5
Personal Reflection Elective 2 Elective 4 Independent Study: Engineering Problems (ME391)
Units 10 10 10