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  • Designed for Global Executives 

    Developed specifically for seasoned executives and entrepreneurs, the Master of Science in Strategic Design for Global Leadership gives innovative professionals the tools they need to transform their industries while continuing to work at their jobs. Bringing together design thinking, management, and applied social sciences, the graduate program responds to the need for global businesses and organizations to address complex 21st-century economic, environmental, and social challenges as leaders in their fields. Methods from studio practice such as ideation, ethnographic research, prototyping, and service design are used to devise approaches to business and social innovation in global contexts. Over the course of 18 months, a select group of diverse professionals engage in a series of seminars, virtual learning, and hands-on intensive residencies in global capitals such as Paris, New York City, and Asia. Graduates emerge as creative leaders who are ready to employ design as a key business and problem-solving tool.


    Program Highlights

    • New Business Strategies

      Understand the complexities of the new global economy and develop groundbreaking business strategy, guided by the principles of innovation, creativity, and collaboration.

    • Strategic Design Thinking

      Use empathy, experimentation, observation, and ethnographic research to assess problems, uncover hidden needs, and design groundbreaking solutions for organizations of all sizes.

    • Industry Focus

      Develop expertise in business model development, creative team management, and entrepreneurship through coursework that replicates real-world industry scenarios.

    • Immersive and Flexible Format

      Revamp your skills while balancing your demanding professional schedule with a blended format of virtual and on-campus intensive learning requiring just 18 days away from the office.

    • Global Campus and International Experience

      Create a lifelong professional network and cultivate global perspectives as you and your cohort travel to Parsons’ Paris campus for three-day seminars at the beginning of each course, and to New York and Shanghai for week-long studio intensives. 

    • Applicant Profile

      The program is designed for professionals with a minimum of five years’ work experience in any industry. Recent cohorts have had an average of ten to twelve years' experience with a variety of backgrounds.

    • Key Dates

      The FY23 program term begins the first week of July. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

    • Degree Master of Science (MS)
    • Format Hybrid (on-site international intensives + virtual learning)
    • Credits 36
    • Duration 18 months

  • Curriculum

    In the 18-month program, Global MS students have the opportunity to start every course with weekend intensives held on the Parsons Paris campus, followed by virtual immersive learning. In addition, the program includes two week-long residencies in NYC and in Asia, in which students work on real company issues in the integrative design studios. 

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  • Career Paths

    Graduates of the program return to their companies with new solutions to challenging problems and help advance “intrapreneurial” efforts within their organizations. Many go on to advance their career in global and high-level positions, and some launch their own start-ups and develop entrepreneurial initiatives.

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  • Alumni Stories

    Graduates of the MS in Strategic Design for Global Leadership explain how their transformative Parsons experience led to professional and personal growth.

  • Parsons faculty represent a broad range of expertise and are acknowledged as leading practitioners and scholars in their fields.

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