Graduate Programs

The Brown + RISD MADE program is an eleven-month, intensive residential masters program for those who aspire to work at the intersection of design and engineering. Our community thrives on experiential learning, working with diverse partners, expressing ideas through physical objects, and improving people's lives.

The Master of Arts in Design Engineering (MADE) program is based in studio pedagogy, with summer, fall, winter, and spring studios. These are supplemented by elective courses in the fall and spring semesters as detailed below. Each year, we select a cohort of students from diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. About half of our students come from an applied design discipline such as product design, architecture, industrial design, UX design, graphic design, or computational art. And about half come from a technical discipline, such as mechanical engineering, systems engineering, applied math, data science, or computer science.

Additional Resources

Students benefit from the complementary strengths of the neighboring world-class institutions of RISD and Brown. Close academic ties make it easy for students to broaden their knowledge through elective coursework and access each campus’ exemplary resources. The program offers opportunities to collaborate with faculty and students from diverse degree programs, providing a rich environment for growth and collaboration. The program benefits from extensive workshop spaces that provide the necessary tools and space to support the making of high fidelity prototypes.

Application Information

If you have any questions regarding the application process for this program, please email

Application Requirements

GRE Subject:

Not Required

GRE General:

Not Required


Required for any non-native English speaker who does not have a degree from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction or from a University in the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (except Quebec), Ethiopia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Gambia, Uganda, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales), West Indies, Zambia).

The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator exam are accepted. Students from mainland China may submit the TOEFL ITP Plus exam.

Official Transcripts:

Required. All applicants may upload unofficial transcripts for application submission. Official transcripts are ONLY required for enrolling students before class start. An international transcript evaluation (WES, ECE, or SpanTran) is required for degrees from non-U.S. institutions before enrollment.

Letters of Recommendations:

Three (3) recommendations required


Required (guidelines found on MADE website)




Application Deadline

5th Year Deadline

Tuition and Funding

Graduate Tuition & Fees: Please visit the Bursar's Office for up-to-date tuition rates.

Completion Requirements

The program curriculum may be accomplished in 11 months as follows. Each school calculates credits somewhat differently. Three RISD credits ‘translates’ to one Brown credit, and the program requires 11 Brown-equivalent credits to graduate. The required MADE Studios account for seven of these credits as follows: three 2-credit studios in summer, fall, and spring (ENGN 2170, ENGN 2171, ENGN2172) and one 1-credit winter studio (ENGN2173). The remaining four credits are elective credits. Students may take two 1-credit electives or one 2-credit elective in Fall and Spring. Electives can be from either Brown or RISD. No electives can be taken in summer or winter terms. Instead, non-credit projects to boost your portfolios can be supported in the Brown Design Workshop and similar spaces during those terms. Students may not exceed the maximum of 5 credits in either a fall or spring semester. Because the MADE Winter Studio counts on the spring transcript, this effectively means that students have slightly more flexibility to take electives in the fall than in the spring. Only one elective credit can be an Independent Study credit.

Alumni Careers

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Department Chair
Tejal Desai
Director of Graduate Studies (Brown)
Christopher Bull
Program Director
Beth Altringer Eagle
Director of Graduate Studies (RISD)
Khipra Nichols

Contact and Location

School of Engineering

Mailing Address

Brown University
Box D
Visit the MADE Website