Product Development MS

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Katie Beczak

Department Contact

Mark Smith

Online Program Available

This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.

Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.

Matt Stever

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? Yes
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall/Spring
Entrance Exam None
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 79
PTE Academic 58


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The MS in product development is a leadership program designed for engineers, scientists, technical managers, and other experienced professionals who aspire to mid- and senior-level positions associated with product innovation. The program integrates business and engineering courses consistent with cross-functional, end-to-end product development, as well as the systems perspective critical to conceive, create, launch, and support today’s complex product portfolios.

To stay on the cutting edge, the program was designed by academic and industry leaders to integrate formal education with state-of-the-art research and best practices from industry. Electives and a capstone project provide flexibility to tailor the program's content to specific learning objectives of students and sponsoring organizations.


Product development, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ISEE-781 Excellence in New Product Development 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
ISEE-772 Engineering of Systems II 3
ISEE-751 Decision and Risk Benefit Analysis 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   ISEE-750    Systems and Project Management (summer)  
   BUSI-710    Project Management  
ACCT-603 Accounting for Decision Makers (summer) 3
Second Year
MKTG-761 Marketing Concepts and Commercialization 3
DECS-743 Operations and Supply Chain Management 3
ISEE-798 MPD Capstone II 3
  Engineering or Business Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30


Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in product development, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application,
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) in engineering (or a related scientific or technical field),
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0,
  • Have at least two years of experience in product development or a related business environment,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit one professional recommendation, and
  • Submit a current resume.

Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis. No graduate entrance exam is required, although candidates are welcome to support their application with results from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Additional information


Students may start the program during any semester and complete the course work at their own pace. Classes are available online but several courses may be taken on-campus for local students.

Students may take up to three courses on a nonmatriculated basis. Credits earned while enrolled as a nonmatriculated student may be applied to the degree program following formal admission.

Career Outcomes

The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education website provides information pertaining to student skills and capabilities, salary data, career information, job outcomes, and contact information for the Career Services Coordinator by program.

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