See also Frequently Asked Questions about applying to the GSD.

Please note that while the Master in Design Engineering is a collaborative degree program of both Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the admissions process is administered by the GSD.

Could you confirm the length of the program?
The Master in Design Engineering is a two-year, four-term, program requiring full-time residency in the fall and spring terms of two academic years. (Students arriving in fall of 2016 would graduate in May of 2018.)

Could I work while enrolled in the MDE program?
Due to the highly immersive nature of the MDE program, working full time would not be possible. However, some students do have part-time teaching assistant, teaching fellow, research assistant, or other positions.

I don’t have two years of professional experience. Am I still eligible to apply for the program?
At time of applying, applicants should have at least two years of professional experience in engineering, design, business, government, or other relevant field. Real-world professional experience and the application of that experience to the MDE program is a primary consideration for admissions. Ideally, experience will show evidence of engaging in an interdisciplinary, collaborative setting, and an interest in addressing complex problems.

Can an MDE student obtain a concurrent degree with another degree program at SEAS, GSD or other Harvard school?
At this time, no concurrent degree options are available. Multiple degrees would be obtained consecutively.

Is financial aid or scholarships available for the MDE program?
Applicants for the new Master in Design Engineering (MDE) degree program are eligible to apply for federal and/or private loans options. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), choosing school code E00212 for the GSD. Applying by the February financial aid deadline will allow us to award your federal aid at the same time as your admission decision. Currently, we are not offering any need-based or merit-based grant options for this program.

MDE is eligible for a number of STEM-related external scholarships. International students should review government-sponsored funding opportunities. International students, as well as U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for private loan options. Some private loan options may require a US cosigner. Applications for the private loans are not initiated until the spring.

All applicants are encouraged to review information about Outside Scholarships on the GSD Financial Aid webpage.

Are there any distance learning options?
At this time, no distance learning options are available.

Can MDE students take courses outside of the GSD and SEAS?
Electives are selected in consultation with a faculty advisor or co-advisors as part of an individualized academic plan. Students in the program are required to take graduate level courses at both the SEAS and GSD, but also have freedom in cross-registering for courses beyond the two schools as guided by the program elective policy

Elective choices are flexible and allow students to complement their backgrounds, and pursue their interests and passions. The goal is for students to acquire entirely new skillsets while also diving deeper into particular subjects.