We have a rich history in the design of products and communications, and were one of the first programs to offer a master’s degree in interaction design. Our programs enroll approximately 250 undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, inspired by a wide range of motivations and career ambitions.

Gain access to a wide range of disciplines.

Ours is one of the only leading design programs to offer degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels within a top-ranked multidisciplinary research university. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon is a unique place where design, arts, sciences, and humanities converge. We promote an integrated design process that incorporates perspectives from each of these disciplines.

You’ll work with people at every point in their careers, with experience in fields as varied as journalism, engineering, fine arts, anthropology, psychology, business—and of course, design. You’ll also have the opportunity to build a strong and diverse professional network with others who are among the best in their fields.

A solid foundation for your next steps.

At its heart, design is about solving problems. It’s no wonder businesses and institutions are embracing the value of design, and the demand for design professionals has never been greater. Organizations are actively seeking new approaches to problem solving in the face of escalating business, social, and environmental challenges.

Our programs prepare you for top jobs in leading companies and organizations today, while teaching you to design with future generations in mind. In recent rankings of design schools based on career outcomes, our programs consistently come out on top. Our alumni go on to some of the most desirable positions in the field, with multinational companies, design firms, and nonprofits. Some become design researchers and educators, and many start their own businesses. The career possibilities—and your potential to make an impact on the world—are limitless.

Our graduates are employed by Whirlpool, Volkswagen/Audi, Motorola, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Skype, Pinterest, IDEO, R/GA, Isobar, the Mayo Clinic, and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, to name a few.


  1. Bachelor of Design
  2. Minor in Design


  1. Master of Design
  2. Master of Professional Studies
  3. Master of Arts in Design
  4. Master of Integrated Innovation


  1. Ph.D. in Transition Design


The School of Design emphasizes learning by doing, balances theory with practice, and encourages students to become catalysts for positive social and environmental change.

Questions about Admission?

Carnegie Mellon Office of Admission
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213-3890

Voice: (412) 268-2082

Fax: (412) 268-7838

Email: undergraduate-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu