M.P.S. Design, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability

Become a creative innovator for a brighter future.
Degree Type Master of Professional Studies
Careers & Salaries Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery Online

UW-Stout’s fully online Master of Professional Studies in Design, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability (MPS-DES) focuses on innovation advantages found in applied sustainability and business explored in a design context. Students not only learn the fundamentals of design for sustainability and principles of today’s corporate social responsibility/ESG but also how to position efforts to meet tomorrow’s needs in this applied practice program. 

Not limited to those coming from design, the MPS-DES is built for professionals from any discipline. Professionals looking to not only learn about, but demonstrate their understanding of environmental (sustainability) and social justice issues, and how to use that knowledge as a springboard for innovation. 


Program Overview

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100% online: complete this degree entirely at your own pace and schedule.

Successful completion of the MPS-DES program empowers students to:

  • Utilize a designer’s perspective on problem-solving and innovation using next-level sustainability insights and tools from design thinking, circularity, and regenerative design.
  • Apply the ethics of environmental and social justice to professional practice, creative scholarship, and business to foster innovation.
  • Act on insights gained to identify problems, test ideas, model businesses, build start-up teams, and present business ideas using sustainability-focused frameworks.

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The MPS-DES is designed for students with an interest or current employment in:

  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Business
  • Sustainability
  • Systems Design
  • Corporate "Green Teams"
  • Project Managers
  • Corporate Management
  • Advocacy and Governance

The MPS-DES is part of a unique set of nested graduate programs at Stout allowing students to pursue professional development running the full range of professional studies from micro-credentialing through terminal degree. 


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Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.
  • Career Services staff to assist you with career planning and professional development.