Education > Master Program


Year 1: Exploration of the design discipline

Students explore the design discipline and study advanced topics on new technologies.

Year 2: High-level studies

Students study high-level theories and practical applications of design. They also conduct individual research projects (master’s theses). Their research addresses practical design or research issues in the design discipline.
  1st Year 2nd Year
Spring Semester Selective Major Course Media Interaction Design Theory of Design Management  
Design Issues Theory of Emotional Design
Design Project III
Required Major Course Design Project I  
Fall Semester Selective Major Course Design Project II Design Project IV
User-Centered Design Methodology
Design Marketing
Required Major Course Research Methodology  
Theory & Seminar

MSc. Thesis Requirement

Additionally, master's level research project is required. The research contents should contribute to the design practice or the body of knowledge in the field of design. It also should be original and address the practical design or research issues in the design discipline.


Graduate students of design-related majors, such as industrial design, industrial art, information design, and multimedia, as well as architecture, industrial engineering, and management, are eligible for admission.The first-year students of the master’s program are categorized into those receiving national scholarships, KAIST scholarships, and public scholarships. In the first part of the admissions procedure, documents and proficiency test scores (including English scores from exams such as the TOEFL, TOEIC, and TEPS) are evaluated, and the second part of the admissions procedure requires an interview that includes an exam on industrial design theories and a presentation with a design portfolio and presentation media.
Requirements for Application
Mandatory Documents 1. Application Form
2. Statement of Financial Resources
3. Letters of Recommendation
4. Degree/Diploma
5. Transcripts
6. English Proficiency Test Reports (EPT)
TOEFL (PBT 560, CBT 220, IBT 83), IELTS 6.5, TEPS 599, TOEIC 720 or higher
7. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents 8. List of Honors and Awards
9. Employment Certificate
10. School Profile/Credit Rating System
Admission requirements can be changed. Please visit the KAIST admission website and carefully check the guidelines. (