PhD in Design

PhD in Design

The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Design program in the College of Design at North Carolina State University is to advance knowledge in design through research and scholarship.

The College of Design at North Carolina State University initiated the Ph.D in Design Program in 1999. Today the program includes more than thirty students from all over the world pursuing research focusing on the questions that transcend and unite the design disciplines.

The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Design is to advance knowledge in design through research and scholarship. This mission is built on the recognition of fertile common ground among the design disciplines and on the need for specificity and depth within them. The Ph.D program, therefore, values a broad range of research interests that aim to improve the human condition. A recent external review of the program stated that:

“The Ph.D in Design at North Carolina State University is outstanding.  By all metrics, the program competes favorably with other North American Ph.D programs.  The College of Design has carved out a powerful and highly respected research arena (design), and the Ph.D program is built around the strengths of the College and the faculty.”  2013 External Review Team