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2022 Best Industrial Design Master's Degree Schools

18 Colleges in the United States
233 Master's Degrees
Industrial Design is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #371 most popular master's degree program in the country. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 18 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for industrial design students pursuing a master's degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 233 master's degrees in industrial design during the 2019-2020 academic year.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Industrial Design School for Your Master's Degree

Best Industrial Design Master's Degree Schools Your choice of industrial design for getting your master's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality product design program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a college's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to industrial design students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of industrial design students who choose to seek a master's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized industrial design related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for industrial design students working on their master's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Industrial Design Master's Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Industrial Design in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for industrial design students seeking a a master's degree.

10 Top Schools for a Master's in Product Design

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
22 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in industrial design has to check out Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Atlanta.More information about a master’s in industrial design from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus

#2

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
10 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat Clemson University if you want to pursue a master's degree in industrial design. Clemson is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Clemson.More information about a master’s in industrial design from Clemson University

#3

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
15 Annual Graduates

Auburn University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a master's degree in industrial design. Located in the city of Auburn, Auburn is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in industrial design from Auburn University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
8 Annual Graduates

College for Creative Studies is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a master's degree in industrial design. CCS is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Detroit.More information about a master’s in industrial design from College for Creative Studies

#5

Pratt Institute - Main

Brooklyn, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
12 Annual Graduates

Pratt Institute is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Brooklyn.More information about a master’s in industrial design from Pratt Institute - Main

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
12 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in industrial design from North Carolina State University

#7

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
9 Annual Graduates

Thomas Jefferson University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Philadelphia.More information about a master’s in industrial design from Thomas Jefferson University

#8

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, MI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
9 Annual Graduates

Carnbrook Academy is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Bloomfield Hills.More information about a master’s in industrial design from Cranbrook Academy of Art

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
16 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.More information about a master’s in industrial design from Rochester Institute of Technology

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

Iowa State is a very large public university located in the city of Ames.More information about a master’s in industrial design from Iowa State University

Industrial Design by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 9 majors within the Design & Applied Arts area of study, Industrial Design has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual Communications 459
Other Design & Applied Arts 293
Interior Design 271
Graphic Design 254
Illustration 212
Fashion Design 144
Game & Interactive Media Design 94
Commercial & Advertising Art 15
Commercial Photography 12

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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