Parsons Paris

FAQ

  • Why this program and not a regular MBA?

    Academic Director Melissa Rancourt discusses the unique benefits of the Global Executive MS-SDM.

    You will be a part of a select cohort of peers working in industries and in positions at the intersection of design, innovation, and business. In addition, you will study management topics in the context of design-driven processes and innovation, in both local and global settings. Finally, and most important, you will learn about the management of design and innovation not just through an add-on "elective" or "concentration," but in depth and throughout the program.

    Our innovative module-based format is both immersive and flexible, specially tailored to meet the learning styles and preferences of today’s working professional.

    Spanning a year and a half, the program kicks off with intensives at our Paris campus, interspersed with immersive weekends of accelerated learning and supplemental integrative week-long studio intensives in New York and Shanghai. It has a cohort-based, one-course-at-a-time model that provides a supportive community, a clear path to completion, and an accessible, flexible way to achieve your goals without leaving your day job. In fact, you will only need to step away from your desk for 18 days during the full course of the program.

    See the full program calendar to begin mapping your journey (PDF).

    What am I going to learn?

    Learn about our culture of collaboration and design-inspired learning from Rhea Alexander, Co-Academic Director and Faculty of Parsons School of Design's Strategic Design and Management (MS) in New York.

    Market-Centered Curriculum

    This 36-credit Master of Science program combines business, management, and leadership coursework with design-centered studio work. The studio courses are two one-week integrative studios in which students integrate the learning from the seminars to develop new business models and organizational designs for real-world business scenarios.

     Forward-Thinking Course Offerings

    Year One

    Year Two

    Explore our innovative curricular matrix (PDF).

    How does this program take advantage of the Parsons global network?

    Joel Towers, Executive Dean, Parsons School of Design, shares insights about the spirit of innovation that thrives at Parsons and why we believe strategic design can make a difference in solving the 21st century's most pressing global challenges.

    With an international reach that spans multiple continents and a student body that leads the nation as one of the most globally diverse university in the United States, Parsons is an industry leader in its culture and commitment to offering its students a learning experience rich in opportunities for global engagement. 

    As a member of our cohort of global executives, you'll have the chance to take full advantage of Parsons' network of interconnected design laboratories and international business partners from urban hubs based in Paris, New York, Shanghai, and beyond. Based in three of the most vibrant creative economies in the world, the program takes full advantage of each city, offering extraordinary educational, cultural, and professional opportunities from day one of the program.

    Whom will I be learning with?

    What sets our program apart? Hear why Parsons is the first-in-class school students choose to meet their aspirations in innovation and entre/intrapreneurship.

    Diverse Peers/Talented Professionals

    Even in today’s highly digital business environment, success in enterprise relies on human connections. As a member of our inaugural class of creative professionals, you will learn side by side with peers from many diverse industries — and those looking to lead change in the dynamic new global creative economy.

    As you progress through the program in a small, intimate, and selective cohort (PDF), the relationships you develop in the studio will flourish into a network you can build upon for years to come.

    Meet our accomplished faculty, including:

    • David Schreff, Strategic Design and Management in New Economies
    • Melissa Rancourt, Designing and Implementing Sustainable Business Models
    • Stefanie Kubanek, Integrative Studio I (with a week in NYC)

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    How will this help me and my company grow?

    Discover how Paris & Co.'s Club Innovation partnered with our Global Executive team to use design thinking in tackling business challenges. Get the Partner Profile.

    What sets our program apart? Hear why Parsons is the first-in-class school students choose to meet their aspirations in innovation and entre/intrapreneurship.

    What do you envision for your company in five years? Are you prepared to make it happen?

    "New School students don't just witness the world changing; they lead change."
    - David E. Van Zandt, President, The New School

    To succeed in 21st-century commerce and industry, you need to cultivate new approaches to solving problems, streamlining systems, and identifying opportunities for growth. The Global Executive Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management, with its design-led approach to learning and global reach, is at the forefront of empowering working professionals to take on the mantle of creative leadership in their companies.

    Whether you want to start your own company or rethink business practice from within, this program will foster entrepreneurship that can productively challenge traditional frameworks and lead meaningful change in the new creative economy. In the program, you take real-world scenarios as the basis for creative and strategic studio projects; everything you learn will be relevant and quickly applicable to your current business context — all without taking you away from your desk on most weekdays, keeping you invested in maximum productivity for minimal sacrifice.

    When am I going to make time?

    Wondering what it's like to learn online at The New School? Find out!

    If you're a busy working professional who wants to build his or her background in strategic management, you've found the right program. Brilliant design is about creating harmony between component parts — an ethos that lives at the very core of our program, especially when it comes to building our courses around your schedule.

    Our innovative, module-based format is both immersive and flexible, specially tailored to meet the learning styles and preferences of today’s working professional.

    Spanning a year and a half, the program kicks off with intensives at our Paris campus, interspersed with immersive weekends of accelerated learning and supplemental integrative week-long studio intensives in New York and Shanghai. It has a cohort-based, one-course-at-a-time model that provides a supportive community and clear path to completion — all without requiring you to leave your job.

    Discover the full course schedule, including a clear breakdown of weekend intensives and online learning modules, designed for maximum flexibility.

    Can I study abroad in Paris if I'm in the NYC MS-SDM program (and vice versa)?

    Because of differences in the academic calendars and delivery formats of the two programs, study abroad is not currently available.

    How is the Global Executive format tailored to meet my need for flexibility?

    While it is true that studying 100 percent online offers you a great deal of flexibility, the Global Executive MS-SDM offers three distinguishing features that make it of special value for and well suited to the needs of today's professionals.

    First, each course kicks off with a face-to-face intensive with your cohort, creating a hybrid learning model (i.e., a mix of online and on-campus learning), which studies show is an optimal way to absorb information and implement what you learn.

    Second, the Global Executive MS-SDM's commitment to building a cohort of peers — who begin and complete the program at the same pace, in the same classes, all together — will ensure that you build a strong network as the program progresses, and with the convenient focus of just taking one course at a time. This network will inevitably offer you invaluable connections as you move through the program and yield professional relationships that will last long after.

    Last, you will not only have the advantage of learning online but also experience the world economy in three dynamic cultural urban hubs: Paris, New York City, and Shanghai.

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