Industrial Design


The goal of the industrial design graduate program is to create an agile program that addresses current and emerging issues in design strategy, innovation and human-centered design. Its position, in one of the most comprehensive design colleges in the country, facilitates the integration of methodologies and skillsets from multiple disciplines. Additionally, ties to the nationally ranked ISU College of Engineering, the College of Business and industry collaborators create some truly unique degree specializations. Students are able to explore advanced concepts in such areas as extended manufacturer responsibility, supply chain and logistics, international vendor relations, advanced materials and biopolymers, and alternative business models.

Ph.D. Offered: None

Master's Offered: Masters of Industrial Design (M.I.D.)

Online Degrees: None

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Seda McKilligan
Phone: 515 294-7416
E-mail Address:


ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: The priority application deadline is January 15. Applications received by that date will receive an admission decision by March 1. Submissions received after January 15 may be considered, although priority is given to timely submission.

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

Research Proposal
Visual Portfolio (digital submission required)
Please send a list with the names, email addresses, and phone numbers for three references with their titles and affiliations. The names should be the same who will be submitting letters of recommendation for you.
Skype or Phone Interview: As needed

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 587
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 95
PTE 65

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

Iowa State University
146 College of Design
Ames, IA 50011