Graduate Program, UC vs IIT

I have just got admission to the following two programs, and would really appreciate some further information about them:

  1. Universtiy of Cincinnati, DAAP, Master of Design, Product design
  2. Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design, Master of Design

I found the undergraduate program of UC highly respected, however, little information availale concerning the graduate program. So can anyone give some information about the graduate program there?

FYI, I have a bachelor degree in engineering, and want to swith career. My preference would be design research.

For Design Research there’s none better than IIT imho.

While I know not too much about either program, If you’re looking for a solid foundation in true industrial design, I’d recommend UC. Graduate students without a design background take some of the undergrad program’s studios (there’s been some in my studios) in addition to graduate level classes. While I don’t know the specifics, I would email a professor in DAAP (maybe Craig Vogel?) if you have any questions about the program, and I know they would be more then happy to help you out.

Thanks a lot for your reply.
If possible, I want to know more about the job opportunities after graduation. I mean what kind of skills will I most likely to learn from both schools, what’s the difference? hence, what kind of job will I most like to find after graduation?

plus, how many research classes will be taught in UC? I get the feeling that UC is more focused on hands-on projects. Please correct me if wrong.

And as I have an engineering degree, the IIT professor told me about project and research that can make my knowledge of engineering useful. I would like to know about whether my former degree could be practical in UC.

PS: Bachelor degree of communication engineering, I learnt programming(c/c++), a lot of mathematics, electric circuit, etc.

Swbupt- UC’s graduate program is definitely research heavy, but there is still some hands on stuff to balance it out. I’d talk to Craig Vogel ( because, like I said, I know very little about the program. He teaches a lot of graduate classes, so I figured he’d be a good guy to talk to. Here’s the directory of all of DAAP’s professors: Check through some of those to find other professors to ask specific questions to- I wish I knew more to help you out, but the best I can do is point you in the right direction! Good luck, and I’m sure you can’t go wrong with either school.