Master of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology

The Master of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology is an online graduate degree program featuring a unique interdisciplinary approach that teaches students to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in three critical disciplines.

Instructors work in cross-disciplinary teams, covering subjects that include conceiving and developing solutions to complex design, business and technological challenges; using data and research to create a portfolio of problem-solving approaches, and how to manage and adapt to uncertainty. The program creates leaders with the knowledge and skills to shape and build today’s evolving economy. 

The world-class faculty team is drawn from USC Roski School of Art and Design, USC Marshall School of Business, USC Viterbi School of Engineering and elsewhere in the university. The four-semester program begins in Los Angeles with a one-week residential workshop on innovation. In the summer of their first year students take part in an intense one-week professional practices seminar, during which they get an up-close view of start-up culture and a look at how to become an entrepreneur.

Career Options

The Master of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology program teaches high-demand skills essential to employment in every field and at companies of every size. Students graduate with demonstrated expertise in design, business and technology, three disciplines that are increasingly linked in the worlds of commerce, culture and art. This one-of-a-kind degree equips them with broad theoretical knowledge and deep practical skills making them uniquely prepared to lead in today’s fast-paced global marketplace.

See program outcomes here: Program Outcomes.

Sample Courses

The Integrative Practices Residential: This one-week residential course at the USC campus in Los Angeles serves as a primer and orientation for the online graduate degree program. Students will have the opportunity to engage the big ideas and themes of the program through reading assignments, lectures, group projects and small discussions. Instructors will be on hand to discuss course content and to demonstrate the program’s digital tools. Students will also form teams to take on shared assignments later in the year.

Processes and Perspectives: This course establishes the broad outlines of the entire program. Students will learn how to define and sharpen ideas, products and business plans, to conduct rounds of research, testing and prototyping, and to apply the rules of disruption to bring an idea to fruition.

Business Essentials: Successful companies don’t just happen. Utilizing case studies and other learning tools, this course will explore the proven quantitative and qualitative skills deployed by the best organizations to foster success.

Technology Essentials: These days every company is a technology company. This course will deepen students’ knowledge about today’s newest and most important tech tools and systems and prepare them for tomorrow’s technology challenges.

Integrative Project: Each semester students will join a small team and work closely with an instructor on a group assignment that will challenge their skills and test what they’ve learned. Topics include process development, product research, prototyping and learning to speak and write about their work in compelling ways.