At A Glance

More targeted than an MBA program, Carthage’s Master of Science in Business — Design and Innovation program was built with input from top industry leaders in business. Learn from instructors with industry expertise, and graduate with skills that align with hiring needs. This 10-month master’s degree program can be completed in person or online and culminates with an intensive 10-day capstone experience in Barcelona, Spain.

* Apply by May 1 to receive a $6,000 Carthage grant. For more information, email John Frese, director of admissions and financial aid, at Graduate assistants are not eligible for this award.

Degree Earned:

  • Master of Science in Business (MSc) — Design & Innovation

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Earn your master’s degree in 10 months

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Design is a creative approach to solving complex problems. Business executives find design increasingly valuable, yet the strategies can be applied to just about any field.

Our Business Design and Innovation (BDI) sequence is modeled on award-winning programs at universities such as Gothenburg (Sweden), Aix-Marseille (France), North Carolina State, and Case Western Reserve (Cleveland). Learn from expert faculty and visiting scholars who bring years of professional experience.


BDI prepares graduates to…

  • Lead and manage high-performing cross-functional teams.
  • Design innovative solutions.
  • Develop effective strategies and programs for private, nonprofit, and government sectors.


Alumni Successes

Our alumni can be seen across the country at employers like these:

  • Collins Aerospace
  • Equity Creative
  • Facebook
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Forecast5 Analytics
  • Grainger
  • Luxury Brand Partners
  • NextGen America
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Quest Global
  • TEKsystems
  • University of Hartford
  • Wintrust


Virtual and in-person classes available

Carthage’s BDI program is delivered cohort-style and allows students to earn their master’s degree in just 10 months:

  • August-December: 6 foundational courses
  • August-May: 8 intensive weekend courses
  • January: Experiential Learning
  • February-April: 5 Business Design and Innovation courses
  • May: Capstone Project

Weekday classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays both in-person and online to offer flexibility around work and family life.

Over these 10 months, students participate in eight intensive weekend courses. These weekend courses will feature visiting scholars and guest lecturers, including Carthage faculty and other prominent local, regional, national, and international experts across sectors and industries engaged in design, innovation, and sustainability work and research.


Learn more about admission and financial aid

Anyone with a bachelor’s degree, regardless of major, can apply. The 39-credit program can be completed in 10 months. Apply by May 1 to receive a $6,000 Carthage grant.* For more information, email John Frese, director of admissions and financial aid, at

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*Graduate assistants are not eligible for this award.

For more information about this program, email John Frese at