This degree is about you and what you hoped education would be. Grow your digital fluency through team-based challenges while solving real problems facing our industry partners. MID courses empower students to become creative problem solvers and leaders in a technology-driven world. Our curriculum focuses on human centered, practical and digital skills, critical thinking, and ethical considerations equipping our graduates to excel in today's digital landscape.

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Unveiling the Innovators

Meet the dynamic minds of the current MID cohort! These extraordinary individuals aren't just riding the wave; they're the ones making them. Take a look at the multidisciplinary team we have assembled!


Innovate. Break. Iterate. Make.

Students Kristyn Smith, Maggie Koops, and Jared Goering are being advised by Jeremy Patterson.

Customized Curriculum

Each student will choose the path they want to take. From courses in core design and engineering skills, as well as human centered design-thinking infused curriculum across campus.
James Balman prototyping Neutrogena Light Therapy Face Mask at GoCreate

Experimental Learning

Be part of an experiment-driven active learning approach that creates structure and process to the chaos that characterizes the early stages of creative pursuits.
Hassan Farhoud and Mark Elliott are learning from classmate, Maggie Koops, in the Beech Windtunnel

Collaborative Culture

Our students come from various disciplines with different strengths and weaknesses; but all have a passion for creativity, collaboration, and having fun. 
Jared Goering and Ryan give presentation for Cy5 at Red Bull Launch Institute in NYC

Exclusive Opportunities

Students have access to creative spaces like WIDGET and , as well as leading industry professionals from our community and across the globe.

MID Curriculum at a Glance

To complete the Masters of Innovation Design degree, you must complete a total of 30 credit hours.
Up to 6 hrs can come from Innovation in Practice and an additional 6 hrs can come from Project.
You can also choose other graduate courses from disciplines across campus, not listed below.

Human Centered Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a human centric approach to complex problem solving. Learn the wholistic Design Thinking process, Design Sprints, and Service Design Thinking ideal for creating and improving products, services, processes and organizations.

  • ID 513 Design Thinking – learn to utilize and facilitate the human centered design thinking process of empathy, define, ideate, prototype, test to innovate creative solutions for complex problems including new product development and societal issues. 
  • ID 508 Design Sprints – first introduced by Google Ventures, Design sprints is used throughout the world to innovate new ideas and solve complex business issues through understanding, design, prototyping, and testing of ideas.
  • ID 710 Service Design Thinking – A successful service is a series of events sequenced to result in an intended outcome. It requires consideration of the user, planning, prototyping, testing and execution. Learners will use the Service Design Blueprint to plan, sequence and develop the front stage and back stage services necessary to deliver and exceptional user experience.

Learn how to apply empirical processes in a distributed team environment - Agility is more than a process, it's a mindset.

  • ID 511 Agile Product Management - prepare for integration into a professional Agile product development environment. You will learn how to collaborate within a product team, establish an Agile product development workflow, estimate solutions effort and cost, and learn to fail gracefully.
  • ID 705D Agile Software Development - don’t just learn to code, learn to develop products. Develop the technical skills necessary to excel in a cross-functional, distributed team environment using Agile software development techniques. 
UX Design

Start applying traditional concepts in sustainability to complex problems in innovation for a holistic approach.

  • ID 514 Lean UX Challenges - Combine design thinking and Agile product management concepts to create a practical prototype for local sustainability and social equity challenges. 
  • ID 719 Collaborative XR Development - An advanced course designed to give students practical guidance in the design, development, testing, and delivery of extended reality (XR) applications mirroring a real-world product team experience. 

Start applying traditional concepts in sustainability to complex problems in innovation for a holistic approach.

  • ID 509 Applied Sustainability in Innovation - participate in thoughtful discussion on sustainability, adoption of sustainable practices and policies, and employ hands-on analysis of the long-term sustainability of innovation solutions. 
  • ID 720 Sustainable Teams & Organizations - assess and discuss the long-term sustainability of different management approaches in individual, team, and organizational settings. 

Starting from cardboard to creating a fully developed prototype - you will be able to SHOW your idea, not just talk about it. 

  • ID 752 Innovation Studio I - Apply the design sprint process to a series of innovation prompts from industry partners to solve real world complex problems and develop an innovative prototype of the solution.
  • ID 755 Innovation Studio II - o ID 755 INNOVATION STUDIO II – Learn the product development by tackling a single complex industry problem utilizing the design sprint process, prototype your idea, validate with users, iterate, and present a final solution.
Emerging Technologies
  • ID 739 Emerging Technoloiges - Explores new technologies that are impacting industry and society. The course meets weekly to discuss the technology’s impact, evolving industry uses, and what issues or concerns may be present. The course is enhanced with technology experts and industry leader presentations on the development, uses and concerns of emerging technologies.
  • ID 515 Blockchain Fundamentals - Provides students with a working understanding of the blockchain, cryptocurrencies and tokens, NFT’s, and Web3.0. Course topics include the history of centralized and decentralized computer systems, the birth and core concepts of blockchain, tokenomics and microeconomies, the evolution of the blockchain to now, and current examples of applied blockchain technology.
  • ID 516 Blockchain Applications - Provides an overview of the basics of blockchain technologies, and then dives deeper into four applications used in the blockchain ecosystem: Smart Contracts, decentralized applications, blockchain platforms and NFT’s. Course topics include an overview of a few of the programming languages behind Smart Contracts with a walkthrough of a Smart Contract in Solidity, the technology and use of decentralized applications, the various platforms in blockchain and how and why they are useful, and Non-Fungible Tokens in use today as well as what projects are being worked on to use them in the future.
Independent Study
  • ID 840 Innovation in Practice - Built around experiential enrichment related to the broad topic of innovation. Topics such as intellectual property, branding, pitching, wire-framing, prototyping and funding are discussed in a group setting and may include guest speakers and/or visits to local companies.
  • ID 841 Project - An independent study course for students undertaking the project development/creativity option for completion of the Master of Innovation Design.


Recent Collaborations

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