IDM’s curriculum combines the most current thinking around design, engineering and management methodologies and is:
- taught by MIT faculty who provide in-depth instruction on the product development/product design process;
- supplemented with lectures by successful entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, and thought leaders, who will share their experience, insight, and expertise; and
- enhanced by IDM students, as they work together with a diverse set of skills and backgrounds.
IDM Core Schedule
IDM-required activities (2 days/week):
- Faculty lecture on topic of the day
- Design workshop, focused on ”making”
- Team project work
Other degree requirements:
- Engineering and management electives
- IDM Integrated Design Seminar
|Lecture||Workshop||Team Time / Project Work|
- Student-generated or industry-sponsored project topics can be tangible, three-dimensional hardware products, digital products that can offer social or societal solutions. Projects will lead to thesis topics, with the intent of business launch.
- IDM sponsors have a dedicated, ongoing partnerships with the program. They are welcome to spend time in the ID Lab, attend design reviews, mentor students, and present real-world perspectives. IDM sponsors are encouraged to partner, license, or invest in any projects in which they see potential.
- IDM Core: 15 units per semester, Fall and Spring in 1st year
- IDM Integrated Design Seminar: 3 units per semester, recommended for Fall and Spring in 2nd year
- Management Restricted Electives: 12+ units
- Management and leadership electives (unrestricted): 15+ units
- Engineering Restricted Electives: 12+ units
- Engineering and design electives (unrestricted): 15+ units
- Thesis: 24 units
IDM Curriculum Outline
EM.441 Integrated Design Lab I
EM.442 Integrated Design Lab II
|Provide an integrated view of design, engineering and managing the development of complex products, services, experiences, business models, social initiatives, and systems. No Substitutions|
EM.443 Integrated Design Seminar
EM.444 Integrated Design Seminar
|Seminars covering applicable topics important to MIT and IDM. Topics may include: leadership, thesis writing, professional communications, and entrepreneurship. Designers, engineers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders are among the invited guests (recommended for second year).|
|Management Restricted Electives||12 units †||Courses that are considered to be a foundational management subject, that complement, expand, or broaden knowledge.|
|Management and Leadership Electives (unrestricted)||15 units *||Courses that build upon your management restricted elective(s).|
|Engineering Restricted Electives||12 units †||Courses that provide additional depth in engineering concepts related to integrated design.|
|Engineering and Design Electives (unrestricted)||15 units *||Courses that further explore engineering topics in a variety of application domains.|
|Masters Thesis||24 units||Thesis research and writing; normally spread over 2 semesters. Registration requires an approved thesis proposal.|
Minimum of 90 subject units + 24 thesis units
† 12 or more units of restricted electives in both management and engineering
* 30 units minimum of elective subjects, balanced between engineering:management. Additional elective units may be taken in one category or the other, with a difference of no more than 12 units between engineering:management by the time the student completes the program. Restricted electives may be counted towards unrestricted elective units.
Course descriptions and details are available via the MIT Registrar.
Credits toward degree are earned in graded classes. Pass/D/Fail courses will not be counted towards degree requirements, but Pass/D/Fail units may be subject to the engineering:management balancing requirement mentioned above.
Credit will be allowed for courses in which a C or D grade is earned, but students must have a 4.0 cumulative grade point average or above to graduate. Students are expected to maintain a 4.0 cumulative grade point average or above throughout the program. Consecutive semesters with a cumulative grade point below 4.0 may result in a student’s being denied the opportunity to register for the subsequent term.
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