Design Impact | A Master of Science in Engineering Program at Stanford

November 1, 2016

We are all about Impact and working on the world’s biggest challenges. We believe that designers need to be responsible for the “last mile” of design. We are educating the next generation of designers and leaders who will innovate and implement, and funding the next generation of researchers who will generate novel solutions to the complex problems facing our society and our planet.

Our program is project-based, highly immersive, and is based on design thinking, the human-centered design process pioneered at Stanford. We teach the process, mindsets and skills needed to lead high-impact design teams. We prepare our students with a rigorous approach to problem-finding and solving, and we expect them to produce extraordinary results. We focus on the strategic without sacrificing the actionable, creating innovative and tangible solutions. In our work on products, services, systems, and experiences, empathy is our guiding principle.

We are looking for exceptional Students and Fellows to join us at Stanford and help us transform the world. Connection

You might be wondering…What is the difference between the and a Master of Science in Design Impact?

The Master of Science in Design Impact was created for students who want to focus solely on design for their graduate work.

The (formally called the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) was created to introduce design thinking methodology to as many Stanford students as possible in order to give them confidence in their creative ability—regardless of their field of study. The is a “school crossing” for students and professors from all schools within the university, and unlike the MS in Design Impact, the doesn’t offer a degree.

Attending any of the seven graduate schools at Stanford will make you eligible for classes at the; simply apply for the individual classes that most interest you. However, if you want to gain depth and expertise in design and make it the focus of your studies, projects, and community at Stanford, we welcome your application for the MS in Design Impact.


For admission for Autumn Quarter 2017-2018, the application deadline is Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

All materials required to be submitted electronically must be uploaded by 9pm Pacific Time on the application deadline date.

How to Apply

Questions about submitting the application materials should be directed to Before submitting a question, please read our FAQ.

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