Top 13 Design Universities in US

Raghuram Sukumar Study in USA, Universities 2 Comments

Business Week has published a list of the top design schools in the world.

Design schools typically offer academic programs and majors such as the following: Associate of Arts (AA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees; Academy of Art University awards Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts (MA), and Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degrees.

Here is a list of the best design universities within the U.S. as compiled by Business Week.

  1. Art Center College of Design / INSEAD
    • Programs: Master’s in Industrial Design (Art Center College of Design) / MBA (INSEAD)
  2. California College of the Arts
    • MBA in Design Strategy
  3. Carnegie Mellon University
    • Master’s in Product Development
  4. Case Western Reserve University
    • MBA
  5. Illinois Institute of Technology
    • Program: Dual degree, Master of Design and MBA
  6. Northwestern University
    • Program: Master’s in Product Development
    • Dual degree MBA and Master’s in Engineering Management (MMM)
  7. Pratt Institute
    • Master’s of Professional Studies in Design Management
  8. Savannah College of Art and Design
    • Master’s in Design Management
  9. School of Visual Arts
    • Program: MFA Designer As Author
  10. Stanford University
    • Program: Joint Program in Design
  11. Suffolk University
    • Program: Executive MBA with concentration in Innovation & Design Management
  12. University of California Berkeley
    • Program: MBA
  13. University of Cincinnati
    • Program: Master’s in Design


  1. Dear Rajhu,
    Thank you for your post. Could you please tell me how you came to these particular findings for Design Management schools in the US? I am keen on finding out as I applied to several of the colleges listed here and am not entirely sure which one to choose. Some applications decisions are still pending, but it would really be nice if you could let me know in order to make a more informed decision.

    1. Hi Ali,
      Designs Schools generally look at a lot of aspects while considering applicants for admissions into their programmes. You need to check through the specific admission requirements at each and every school. Also go through the student profiles of the concerned department. This will give you a clear idea about the expectations of the admissions committee at the University. Other than this you can start building a network with the faculty members or the seniors in these programmes to know more about the requirements and the admission chances.
      Hope the above information helps!

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