If rapidly changing climates, media systems, energy flows, material economies, and migratory populations are the emerging challenges of our time, then the design disciplines offer unique insight on how to navigate these complex, open-ended conditions.
The program consists of three semesters of coursework.
Students in each area undertake a core set of courses, followed by research methods and related topical courses, selected from offerings within the GSD or from the many other schools and departments at Harvard.
Distinct from research in the sciences or humanities, design pedagogy involves highly interactive ways of thinking and learning, through hands-on, cross-disciplinary, multimedia practices that directly engage the technical, material, spatial, ecological, political, economic, thermodynamic and planetary dimensions of cultural life.
MDes candidates in the Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology concentration pursue advanced studies in topics related to contemporary urbanism, landscape, geography, or territory within the broader contexts of the global, social and natural environment.
Seeking to empower the next generation of designers and urbanists, the program utilizes novel and alternative methodologies in a collaborative, immersive environment. And, if possible, please join us for our Open House events to learn more about each of the programs.
Whether it is to establish a research agenda for an academic career, retool for design practice, or enter design from an adjacent discipline, the MDes program is a nimble and flexible program designed to amplify and accelerate the cultivation of novel approaches to design for this century.
Ultimately, MDes at GSD challenges conventional ways of learning—through field work, fabrication, collaboration and dissemination—in a range of labs, seminars, workshops, initiatives, publications, and ongoing projects whose scope and diversity are unmatched by any other design school in the world.
Students may elect to complete the program in three semesters of coursework, or they may extend their research into a fourth semester by pursuing an MDes Thesis Project, conducted independently or in collaboration with their peers and GSD faculty.Propagation in Smooth Random Potentials A thesis presented by Scot Elmer James Shaw to The Department of Physics in partial ful llment of the requirements.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Harvard University is where scholarship and innovation meet, where ideas are challenged and theories developed, where new knowledge is created, and where scholars emerge.
Choose from 13 yearlong intensive master’s programs exploring the most challenging and exciting questions in education research, policy, and practice.
Join an extraordinary community of educators from across the country and around the world who are dedicated to improving lives and shaping the future through the transformative power of education. The Thesis Process The thesis is an opportunity to work independently on a research project of your own design.
Through coursework and background research, you will develop a question that has yet to be answered by prior research. A thesis is not a topic; nor is it a fact; nor is it an opinion.
"Reasons for the fall of communism" is a topic. "Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe" is a fact known by educated people. Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally.
Harvard University is made up of 11 principal academic units.Download