Master of Design


The Master of Design program is a post-professional degree that provides a cross-disciplinary, innovation-focused, and research driven educational experience that is responsive to current and projected modes within the professional design practices. The focus on Health and Wellbeing is explored within environments for children, adults, professional, and senior populations. Student education is enhanced by collaborations with clinical healthcare and social science practitioners, and the ability work with real-life users of the designed environment.

Projects are structured to include all design practices including but not limited to Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Graphic, Industrial, Interior, and Furniture Design. With an emphasis on adult learning methods and independent exploration of idea, the program is well suited early or mid-career professionals' seeking specialization within the areas of design that are responsive to issues of human health and wellbeing.

Available Options

  • 4 + 2 Year Track
  • 4 + 3 Year Track


For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze specific health conditions to identify ways that the designed environment can help to prevent the onset of a condition, support rehabilitate strategies, or accommodate a new normal.
  2. Explore the application of theoretical concepts as applied to a specific condition within the deigned environment.
  3. Cultivate an appreciation for the design thinking process when addressing specific issues or concern.
  4. Develop a product and aggregate design ideation intended to support a person’s physical and social rehabilitation strategies.
  5. Assume a leadership role within an interdisciplinary design team focused on specific health goals and outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency with written, in-person, and synchronous and asynchronous virtual communicate forms.

Career Possibilities

Preventive and personal health maintenance and public health are expected to be one of the fastest growing industries in the next decade. The designed environment will at the fore front of preventative health concerns. Additionally, the Millennial generation is assuming important roles in society. This generation understands health as an integrated outcome from actions relating to the body, mind and environment. Graduates of the program will well positioned to fill the current health and wellbeing void within the design industry either as a design practitioner, design educator, or design consultant.


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4 + 2 Year Track

4 + 3 Year Track


Graduate Coordinator

Glenn NP Nowak

Associate Professor

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