Design and Environmental Analysis

2014-15 Tuition

$20,800

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 5; no spring admission

Requirements summary

  • All Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE general test
  • Official transcript
  • M.A. only- Portfolio, see portfolio submission guidelines http://www.human.cornell.edu/dea/academics/graduate/maid/index.cfm
  • TOEFL minimum scores on Internet-based test (section minimums: writing: 20, listening: 15, reading 20: speaking: 22); overall minimum: 105
  • Preparation in human factors, environmental psychology, facility planning and design, interior design, architecture, or related areas
  • Evidence of potential for advanced study, which in general means a combined score of approximately 1,200 or above in the verbal and quantitative aptitude tests of the GRE, (~310 in the new scoring system), grade point averages of 3.0 (B) or above, and rank within the top third of the baccalaureate class
  • Bachelor's degree in human factors, psychology, facility planning and management or related areas such as industrial design, interior design or architecture, engineering, or anthropology

4+1 Graduate Program
Only undergraduate students in DEA are eligible to apply for this program.  Students accepted into the program will complete the graduate program in one year instead of the two years required for non-DEA students.  Please see the 4+1 Program information for details about apply for this program. 

Degrees

  • M.A.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Design (M.A.)
  • Human Behavior and Design (Ph.D.)
  • Human-Environment Relations (M.S.)

Major concentrations

  • environmental psychology
  • facilities planning and management
  • human behavior and design
  • human factors and ergonomics
  • interior design
  • sustainable design studies

The Field of Design and Environmental Analysis brings together some of the world's leading experts in interior design, human factors and ergonomics, facility planning and management, and environmental psychology into a single field and department. Students benefit from a low faculty-to-student ratio and the faculty's integrated approach to the study of the planning, design, and management of the built environment and its effects on those using it.

Graduate students in DEA are admitted within one of three programs within the DEA Graduate Field: Masters of Art in Design, Masters of Science in Human Environment Relations or Ph.D. in Human Behavior and Design degrees.

The M.A. degree is a two-year, post-professional degree program intended for students with an undergraduate degree in interior design, architecture, or product design who want to do advanced study and research in interior design. The program culminates in a formal research thesis in which students are encouraged to systemically develop and test research based design solutions, theories, and methods.

The M.S. program is intended for students with a wide variety of undergraduate degrees who want to study the relationship between people and their physical surroundings, some aspect of facility planning and management, human factors, or housing and design.

The Ph.D. in Human Behavior and Design at Cornell University is a multidisciplinary program integrating the social sciences and design. Research focuses on environmental settings across a range of scales (from products to buildings to cities), that support safe, healthy and productive behaviors and foster sustainable design and lifestyles.

For more information, check the department web site.

Research opportunities:
Much of the research occurs in the field. The department also has a computer-aided design and facility management lab; human factors and ergonomics research labs; an art and environmental design gallery; and a wood workshop.

Application:
A student who wishes to enroll in either the M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. program must apply to and be accepted by the field of Design and Environmental Analysis. Prospective graduate students will apply for admission to the Field of Design and Environmental Analysis under their desired concentration. All applicants must present scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GREs), including the writing evaluation now integrated in the GRE. Students holding a master's degree may use previous examination scores to satisfy this requirement. Students whose native language is not English must present scores for the TOEFL English language examination, if they have not studied at least two years or received a degree in a country where English is the native language (see Graduate School English language proficiency requirement for more information). Applications will be reviewed by the members of the graduate field. Only students with outstanding records will be admitted to the program.

Outstanding students with a B.S. or B. A. degree in human factors, psychology, facility planning and management or related areas such as industrial design, interior design or architecture, engineering, or anthropology may be admitted into the Ph.D. program depending on the relevance of their background to the research specialty they will pursue. Since Human Behavior and Design is a highly interdisciplinary field, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Franklin Becker -- Concentrations: facilities planning and management; environmental psychology ; human behavior and design; sustainable design studies; Research interests: innovative workplace strategies; health and design; strategic facilities planning and management; workplace assessment; workplace change management
Sheila Danko -- Concentrations: interior design; sustainable design studies; Research interests: interior design; creative problem solving; design education; design process and methods
John "Jack" Elliott -- Concentrations: interior design; sustainable design studies; Research interests: sustainable interior design; sustainable product design; eco-design theory
Paul Eshelman -- Concentrations: interior design; Research interests: interior design; furniture design; design for special populations with an emphasis on people with Alzheimer's disease
Gary Evans -- Concentrations: facilities planning and management; environmental psychology ; human factors and ergonomics; human behavior and design; sustainable design studies; Research interests: environmental psychology; environmental stressors; children's environments; poverty
David Feathers -- Concentrations: facilities planning and management; environmental psychology ; human factors and ergonomics; human behavior and design; Research interests: human factors and ergonomics; universal design; digital human modeling; and understanding human interaction with the built environment for special populations
Kathleen Gibson -- Concentrations: interior design; Research interests: interior design; computer-aided design and analysis; design education; design history
Alan Hedge -- Concentrations: facilities planning and management; environmental psychology ; human factors and ergonomics; human behavior and design; sustainable design studies; Research interests: human factors and ergonomics; indoor air quality; thermal environment, lighting; acoustics
Ying Hua -- Concentrations: facilities planning and management; environmental psychology ; human factors and ergonomics; human behavior and design; sustainable design studies; Research interests: workplace design for collaboration effectiveness; green building and sustainable development; workplace health and productivity; post-occupancy evaluation
Joseph Laquatra -- Concentrations: facilities planning and management; environmental psychology ; human factors and ergonomics; human behavior and design; sustainable design studies; Research interests: housing technology; energy-efficient design; construction materials and techniques; housing policy; construction waste management
Lorraine Maxwell -- Concentrations: facilities planning and management; environmental psychology ; human factors and ergonomics; human behavior and design; Research interests: environmental psychology; children's environments; environments for special populations; facility programming
Karl Pillemer -- Concentrations: environmental psychology ; human behavior and design; Research interests: human development over the life course; family and social relationships in middle age and beyond; intergenerational relations in later life; relationships of family members with long-term care facilities; older people and environmental sustainability; intervention research and policy analysis related to aging and health care
Nancy Wells -- Concentrations: environmental psychology ; human behavior and design; sustainable design studies; Research interests: environmental psychology; housing research, elderly housing, relationship to natural environments
So-Yeon Yoon -- Concentrations: environmental psychology ; interior design; human factors and ergonomics; human behavior and design; Research interests: design computing, visual simulation, environmental psychology, creative design problem solving
Rana Zadeh -- Concentrations: facilities planning and management; environmental psychology ; interior design; human factors and ergonomics; human behavior and design; sustainable design studies; Research interests: evidence-based design, human factors in sustainable design, financial effects of environmental quality, post-occupancy evaluation, spatial analysis, high-performance buildings, day-lighting

For more Design and Environmental Analysis assessment information, please download the learning outcomes plan.