Master of Design Studies

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The Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design, Historic Preservation, or Design for Human Health is a 2-year graduate degree delivered in an innovative distance format that allows students to work full time while they study.

Students can continue to advance their careers while earning their master's degree, and their professional work informs their studies as their coursework feeds their professional growth.

Joining the MDS places you in a network of colleagues exploring careers in a common field, a cohort surrounded in turn by a faculty of experienced professionals who have established careers in design.

The online classroom has the same rigor as in our traditional classrooms, and students enrich their online courses with a series of 8-day residencies that bring their courses to life and build enduring connections between classmates and instructors.


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Online Master of Design Studies Design for Human HealthOnline Master of Design Studies Historic PreservationOnline Master of Design Studies Sustainable Design

Classes that fit your schedule

The BAC uses a range of digital tools to support and enhance online learning, including Skype, VoiceThread, and WebEx desktop sharing. Students can study from anywhere in the world, working at their own pace and on their own schedule. Students contribute to a vital online studio culture, exchanging comments and critiques with colleagues, working together on projects, and supporting each other throughout the program.

In-person intensives bring your coursework to life

Each semester in January and August, students come to Boston to study in residence for 8 days of in-person instruction, field trips, and hands-on studios. From the BAC’s central urban location, the buildings and neighborhoods of Boston serve as the student's classroom. These innovative intensive weeks give students and faculty the opportunity to build strong relationships, setting up a positive, connected studio culture that enhances the online learning throughout the rest of the semester.

Study at a leading college of design with over a century of experience in design education

Located in the heart of Boston's historic Back Bay, the BAC was founded in 1889 and is the largest independent, accredited college of spatial design in New England. The BAC offers first professional degrees in architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture and undergraduate and graduate degrees in design studies.