Parsons Paris

Strategic Design and Management (Global Executive, MS)

  • Venture demands vision. Visionaries create venture.

    Parsons, one of the world’s leading design institutes, has created an alternative management program for emerging leaders seeking to be at the forefront of innovation in their organizations. This program promises to provide an accessible, rigorous pathway for working professionals to lead change and apply real-world, 21st-century best business practices that have immediate and future impact on today's global economy.

    In a complex global economy characterized by rapidly evolving standards for the production and management of information, services, and experiences, leaders must exhibit flexibility and a capacity for innovation. Academically rigorous and industry focused, the Global Executive Master’s is specially designed for working professionals, preparing them to confidently create, manage, and lead design process–driven organizations.

    Over the course of about 18 months, you will join a select group of approximately 25 peers in a series of three-day seminars held at Parsons Paris, combined with online learning, hands-on studios, and global experiences in New York and Shanghai. Through this program, requiring only about 18 days away from the office, you will gain in-depth practical knowledge of

    • Design thinking and its power to create positive change globally
    • Sustainable business models
    • Key principles of the evolving global economy
    • Design innovation and leadership
    • Management skills for creative projects and teams
    • Governance, regulations, and how both are transforming today’s global economy

    In addition, you will build lifelong professional and personal relationships with your classmates, program faculty, and industry leaders.

    Program Details

    The Evolving New Global Creative Economy

    The Global Executive Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management responds to the major restructuring of developed and emerging economies worldwide. Unlike traditional master's degrees in design and management, this program incorporates design thinking, service design, and sustainability frameworks. As a Strategic Design and Management graduate student, you focus on the evolving global economy and are exposed to sophisticated real-world perspectives on business, operations, sustainability, management, leadership, entrepreneurship, design innovation, and design research.

    Design and Management Online and on the Global Campus

    A 36-credit program, the Global Executive Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management combines business, management, and leadership coursework with design-centered studio work. The program is a uniquely global and modern experience, combining weekend intensives at our Parsons Paris campus and convenient, flexible online learning modules that continue for seven weeks after each intensive. Classes are taken one at a time — allowing you to easily balance school, work, and life.

    Coursework is complemented by weeklong studio intensives based in Paris, New York City, and Shanghai, giving you firsthand access to today’s accelerating global economy in some of its premier hubs.

    Discover the full course schedule.

    New Business Models

    Coursework incorporates cutting-edge analyses of the digital information-based economy, which help students develop new business models and organizational designs for the creative industries. Many classes are structured to replicate real-world industry scenarios. These classes provide hands-on experience in designing, managing, and improving design-intensive and creative firms — and help students develop their capacity to inspire and lead creative teams.

    Industry Focus

    The Global Executive Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management program seeks students who will be the game changers of the new economy and its new actors — digital firms, social information networks, and co-producing individuals. It is well suited for early- to mid-career professionals interested in advancing in their chosen fields and companies, positioning themselves as leaders of sustainable industry.

    This program is custom designed for today’s high-potential emerging leaders and career changers seeking to complement their design and business skills with professional application. Students are exposed to new industry contexts and practices, both within and outside of design-intensive industries.

    Designed for Working Professionals

    This program is specially crafted to suit the needs of working professionals by working from a “cohort model,” in which all students start the program at the same time, take the same courses in the same order — one course at a time — and graduate together. In addition, the blended format of online and on-campus intensive learning is specially designed to allow for maximum flexibility in balancing class, work, and life.

    Learn more about our full array of non-degree, executive programs, including design thinking, management of creative people and teams, immersive communication, and more.

    Connection to The New School

    The program's connections with industry are matched by its place in the intellectual communities of Parsons, Parsons Paris, and The New School. Modeled on the highly successful MS-SDM program at Parsons, the Global Executive Master's draws on The New School’s strengths as a leader in global and online education, offering weeklong integrated studio sections in Paris, New York, and Shanghai, paired with six three-day intensives that kick off each course and continue online from the convenience of your own home — on your own schedule.

    What are the differences between the programs?

    The MS-SDM programs are identical in curriculum and learning objectives, and the two programs lead to the same degree. This table summarizes the important distinctions between the two programs in response to frequently asked questions.

    MS-SDM MS-SDM (Global Executive)
    Is professional experience beyond the bachelor’s degree required for admission? Preferred but not required. Yes; a minimum of five years' work experience or three years' work experience with a demonstrable background in entrepreneurship in any industry is required. A letter of recommendation from your current supervisor is requested with your application.
    Can I complete the program while I’m employed? Yes. The program follows a full-time format (9 credits per semester, about 20 hours of coursework per week) and many students do continue to work while enrolled in the program. Contact us to discuss your specific situation. Yes. The “executive” format means the program is designed for working professional, based on a “cohort model” in which all students start the program at the same time, take the same courses in the same order — one course at a time — and graduate together. In addition, the blended format of online and on-campus intensive learning is specially designed to allow for maximum flexibility in balancing class, work, and life. Contact us to learn more.
    Can I choose between online courses and learning face-to-face? Yes. All courses are offered in either format, providing great flexibility, since students can switch between online and face-to-face formats, and/or take both formats in combination (depending on visa requirements). An on-site studio of at least a week in New York is required of all students. No, because all courses are blended. Each seven-week course begins with a three-day (Fri-Sun), face-to-face seminar in Paris and is followed by online interaction with faculty and fellow students. The two 16-week studio courses each include a week-long intensive on-site — one in New York and one in Shanghai.
    How long will it take to complete the program? 22 months (two academic years) About 18 months
    Does the program offer electives? No, but the real-world, project-based nature of the curriculum enables students to shape their learning in the context of their own professional challenges. No, but the real-world, project-based nature of the curriculum enables students to shape their learning in the context of their own professional challenges.
    What does it cost? Based on 2015-2016 tuition rates, the cost of tuition is approximately $56,000 for the entire 2 year program ($28,000 per year). For updated information, see FAQ for this program. Estimated cost for the entire degree is US $70,000. This includes tuition, books and course materials, meals for three-day intensives in Paris, and costs for one-week intensives in New York and Shanghai (hotels, meals, and ground transportation). It does not include hotels in Paris or transportation to and from Paris, New York, and Shanghai.
    Are scholarships and financial aid offered? Yes. Scholarships are available. U.S. citizens may qualify for federal financial aid. Scholarships are not available. U.S. citizens may qualify for federal financial aid.
    What is the application deadline? Applicants who wish to be considered for a merit scholarship should submit a complete application by January 1. Applications received after January 1 will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications are now being accepted. The priority deadline for applications is January 1. The final deadline is May 1.

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