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Master of Design (M.Des.) Program at Department of Design, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Department of Design at Shiv Nadar University announces admission to its Master of Design (M.Des.) Program open for the academic year 2017-18. Master of Design (M.Des.) is a two-year (four semesters) program envisioned with the philosophy of Liberal Design Education. It was conceptualized with the objective of nurturing design thinking, and innovation among students in a liberal, multidisciplinary, research centric environment. The program offers an experiential based learning, facilitating the ‘concept to function’ transition. It is our intention to prepare students for the problems, needs and issues relevant to 21st Century Indian society and acquaint them with required knowledge, skills, and leadership qualities

Entry qualification and eligibility for applying to the Master of Design (M.Des.) Program at SNU is as follows:
  • Candidate should have completed a degree program of minimum 4 years (after 10+2 level) in any discipline from a recognized university or institution at the time of admission with a minimum of 55% or equivalent.
  • Candidate should have completed a degree of minimum 3 years (after 10+2 level) in any discipline from a recognized university or institution with a minimum of 55% or equivalent along with at least one year post degree work experience.

The entry qualification and eligibility criteria mentioned above are minimum standards, and applications not meeting the same will be rejected. Applications who meet the entry qualification will be shortlisted for the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) and Personal Interview based on the following criteria.

  • Candidates with a valid CEED score card will be shortlisted based on cut-off percentile which will be decided by the University admission team based on the number of application received.
  • Candidates without a valid CEED score card will be shortlisted based on relevance of work experience and their exceptional work in design (to be uploaded at the time of applying in .pdf format up to a maximum size of 2MB)

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) followed by a Personal Interview to be conducted at Shiv Nadar University Campus on 14 -15 July, 2017. Based on the performance in DAT and interview a merit list will be prepared, and selected candidates will be offered admission into the program.

Fee Structure 2017–19

Item Year 1 Year 2 Full Program Summer Sem
One time charges
Admission Fee (Non-refundable) ₹ 24,000 - ₹ 24,000 -
Security Deposit(Refundable) ₹ 75,000 - ₹ 75,000 -
Recurring Charges
Tuition Fee ₹ 2,50,000 ₹ 2,50,000 ₹ 5,00,000 ₹ 6,000 per credit
Hostel Fee (twin sharing) ₹ 84,000 ₹ 84,000 ₹ 1,68,000 ₹ 13,000
Net Payable ₹ 4,33,000 ₹ 3,34,000 ₹ 7,67,000 -
Cost excluding security deposit - - ₹ 6,92,000 -
Teaching Assistantship
₹ 12,000 per month (for 20 months max) ₹ 1,20,000 ₹ 1,20,000 ₹ 2,40,000 -
  1. Teaching Assistantship is available to meritorious students and will be given as defined in the program brochure.
  2. Continuation of financial assistance is subject to satisfactory performance evaluated continuously, and compliance with all University regulations. The student is required to maintain a minimum CGPA of 7.00.
  3. All charges are payable at the beginning of the Academic Year as per schedule announced separately.
  4. Mess and Laundry Charges: In addition to the above, the use of mess and laundry services from the University authorized resident vendor is mandatory for all resident students irrespective of the degree program they are pursuing. We collect ₹21,500 per semester for mess and ₹ 2,250 per semester for laundry, which is pass through to the vendors. These charges are collected by the University at the beginning of every semester and paid to the vendor. These charges may vary from year to year based on inflation and the decisions of the relevant student body and Dean-Student Welfare, and will be communicated by Dean-Student Welfare at the beginning of each academic year.
  5. Security deposit is refunded on Graduation after deduction of any recoveries.

You will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee of ₹ 1,200 (One Thousand Two Hundred Only) by credit/debit card or Demand Draft drawn in favor of Shiv Nadar University payable at NOIDA. Candidate may note that the University reserves the right to accept or reject any application based on its departmental screening criteria; hence all applications may not be shortlisted for DAT and interview. Therefore, no requests for refund of the application fee shall be entertained whether or not the candidates are called for DAT and interview.

All interested applicants shall apply online from the link given below.

Please follow the instructions carefully.

  1. Fill all the mandatory fields
  2. Online upload of following documents is required
    • Passport size color photograph
    • Current CV
    • All Mark sheets/Degree Certificates (10th Standard onwards)
    • CEED Score card (if applicant have a valid CEED score card)
    • Sample of Exceptional Work in Design in .pdf up to 2 MB (if the candidate do not have a valid CEED score card)
  3. After online submission, print the completed form and send by speed post to the University at the address given below with following documents.
    • Completed form
    • Demand Draft for application fee (If online fee payment mode is not used)

Please note that the application is not deemed complete until we receive all the necessary prescribed documents and application fees. Supporting documents may be sent by Speed Post to:

Coordinator, M.Des. Admission
Vikash Kumar (Cabin no C219B)
Department of Design
Shiv Nadar University Post Office
NH-91, Tehsil Dadri
District Gautam Buddha Nagar, UP 201314, India.

Tel: +91- 120 3819100, Extn: 385 (09:00 am – 05:00 pm)
Mob: +91- 81302 96790 (09:00 am – 05:00 pm)

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About Shiv Nadar University

Shiv Nadar University is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, research-oriented and student-centric University. Through its innovative curriculum and interdisciplinary focus, the University is bringing a paradigm shift in higher education in India. Enabling students to accomplish excellence in their Major while simultaneously pursuing other academic interests through various options under a Minor, the University inculcates critical thinking and problem solving skills. It prepares students to become leaders and decision-makers in the academia, research, industry, business, and policy arenas. University's source of strength lies in its distinctive feature that provides education in a broad range of disciplines and the ability to go into depth in a particular area.


The University's goal is to engage students in the study of a broad range of academic and professional disciplines, which is facilitated by having multiple schools in a common campus.


Shiv Nadar University students across programs are from 27 states and UTs in India and selected through a rigorous admission process. The student body reflects diversity in culture, talent and perspective.


The University focuses on a broad spectrum of Research, including basic and applied research, interdisciplinary research, scholarly publications and creative expression.


Globally acclaimed, key advisors to Government and famous authors are teaching at Shiv Nadar University. All faculty at the University are appointed based on their contribution to research activity.


Fostering an Exchange of Ideas, Shiv Nadar University provides an exciting space for character and community building and an exchange of ideas. The classroom discussions often continue to the central vista of the University, library, cafeteria and to the beautiful palm groves on campus.


Active partnerships encompassing joint research projects, semester exchange programs, joint degree programs and curricular & academic support with the leading universities of the world including the University of Pennsylvania, Babson College, Carnegie Mellon University, Dartmouth College and Duke University.


As a fully residential campus, Shiv Nadar University continuously provides learning avenues outside of the classroom. Informal chats have led to the genesis of ~30 vibrant student societies, ranging from a curriculum-related robotics club to a creative one like the photography society.