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Design Engineering

The Brown + RISD MADE program is an eleven-month, intensive residential masters program for those who aspire to work at the intersection of design and engineering. Our community thrives on experiential learning, working with diverse partners, expressing ideas through physical objects, and improving people's lives.

The MADE program is based in studio pedagogy, with summer, fall, and spring studios. These are supplemented by two elective courses in the fall, two elective courses in the spring, and a winter term communication course. The cohort is selected for gender and cultural diversity, with about half coming from an applied design discipline and half from a technical discipline.  Among these would be: industrial design, product design, engineering, and computer science (see application for more information).

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The MADE program takes full advantage of our unique combined structure, engaging the excellent faculties and up-to-date facilities of both the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. Whether it’s taking an elective that deepens your understanding of a particular field or collaborating with students from other degree programs, MADE's joint institutional nature provides a rich environment for growth. The Brown Design Workshop provides the necessary tools and space to make and test high fidelity prototypes.

Admission Requirements

  • GRE General: Not Required
  • GRE Subject: Not Required
  • Personal Statement: 1000-1500 word personal statement that gives your reasons on why is this the right program for you. What will you bring to strengthen the cohort? What future will the program enable you to do?
  • Recommendations: Three (3) recommendations required
  • Resume: Required
  • Additional Materials: Portfolio (guidelines found on MADE website)
  • TOEFL/IELTS: Required
    Brown University is aware that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may have placed burdensome challenges in sitting for the required center-based standardized exams. Please note that we do NOT accept the At Home version of the TOEFL exam nor the IELTS Indicator exam. However, students in mainland China may submit the TOEFL ITP Plus in lieu of the TOEFL iBT. If the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to sit for an English language exam, a waiver may be requested. To be considered for a TOEFL or IELTS waiver, please submit this form. You will need your application login credentials.

If you have any questions regarding the application process for this program, please email [email protected]

Application Deadline: Applications to this program are closed for Fall 2021 entry and will reopen in late summer 2021. Brown undergraduates may apply as a Fifth-Year Master’s student through May 1, 2021.

A.M. in Design Engineering completion requirements

The program curriculum may be accomplished in 11 months by completing the following eleven credits (credits in parenthesis): Summer Studio (2), Fall Studio (2), Spring Studio (2,) Winter Communication Course (1)

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Department Chair: Larry Larson

Director of Graduate Studies:
Christopher Bull (Brown)
Khipra Nichols (RISD)