Parsons Paris

Strategic Design and Management (Global Executive, MS)

  • Academically rigorous and industry focused, the Global Executive Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management with Parsons School of Design, the No. 1 art and design school in the United States, is specially designed for ambitious professionals and entrepreneurs eager to transform their organizations’ approach to business. Over the course of 18 months, a select group of diverse professionals engage in a series of three-day seminars held at Parsons’ hub in Paris, combined with online learning, hands-on studios, and global experiences in cities around the world.

    The new global economy is an ever-changing ecosystem increasingly driven by innovation, creativity, and collaboration. Understanding the complexities — and possibilities — of this landscape is essential to leading groundbreaking business strategies and pushing all kinds of industries to the next level. Start your journey today and shape the future of business.

    Flexible Schedule for Working Professionals

    The Global Executive Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management is designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of working professionals. Cohort members complete the entire program in 18 months while keeping their current jobs. In addition, the blended format of online and on-campus intensive learning offers participants the flexibility needed to balance academic, professional, and personal commitments.

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    The World Is Our Campus

    Our Global Executive program lives up to its name, offering a uniquely global and modern experience. It combines weekend intensives at our Parsons Paris campus, followed by online coursework and week-long studio intensives held at our hubs in New York City and Shanghai— giving students firsthand exposure to the challenges and opportunities presented by the 21st-century global economy.

    Strategy and Leadership for the 21st-Century Economy

    The innovative approach of the Global Executive MS in Strategic Design and Management responds to the needs of the new economy. Students in the program partner with companies to collaboratively find solutions to challenging problems and advance entrepreneurial efforts. In addition, the program cultivates global engagement as the cohort travels to different cities that are part of the Parsons network, such as New York, Paris, and Shanghai, to build relationships and familiarity with different systems.

    Design Thinking

    The coursework is structured to replicate real-world industry scenarios, giving the cohort hands-on experience in new business model development, creative team management, and the design of solutions. The Global Executive MS in Strategic Design and Management’s inclusion of design thinking as an essential component of management and leadership equips students to better understand problems, unlock hidden needs, and design groundbreaking innovations to address those needs. Design thinking allows leaders to solve the most complex of problems using empathy, experimentation, observation, and ethnographic research to reach holistic solutions.

    Industry Focus

    The Global Executive MS in Strategic Design and Management program gives disruptors and innovators the opportunity to enhance their skill set, enabling them to lead creative change in their industries. The program exposes cohorts to new industry contexts and practices, both within and outside of design-intensive industries. The program has served as a creative hub for students from various industries, such as banking and finance, law, media, and human resources.

    Expanding Your Global Network

    The Global Executive MS in Strategic Design and Management is designed for professionals who have demanding schedules but want to dedicate time to revamping their skill set. The program lasts 18 months, and students need to be out of the office for a total of only 18 days. In the program, they develop lifelong professional and personal relationships with classmates, program faculty, and industry leaders from around the world.

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    What are the differences between the MS SDM programs?

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

    MS-SDM MS-SDM (Global Executive)
    Is professional experience beyond the bachelor’s degree required for admission? Three to five years of professional experience is strongly recommended. 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 (nine 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 professionals and is 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 (Friday-Sunday) face-to-face seminar in Paris that 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 China.
    How long will it take to complete the program? Twenty-two 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 2016-2017 tuition rates, the cost of tuition is approximately $58,000* for the entire two-year program ($29,160 per year). For updated information, see FAQ for this program. The estimated cost for the entire degree is U.S. $72,000. This includes tuition, books and course materials, meals for three-day intensives in Paris, and costs for one-week intensives in New York and China (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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    * Reflects 2015-2016 rates; 2016-2017 tuition subject to change.

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