Product innovation is essential to business survival and growth. The creation and introduction of new products and services has reached an unprecedented level of complexity, requiring the coordination of diverse teams of professionals from research and development, marketing, finance, manufacturing, procurement, sales, and service. Companies, especially technology-based organizations, need leaders with an enterprise-wide perspective and knowledge base in both engineering and management. This includes individuals who possess a broad blend of technical and business skills, understand markets and the value-chain, and have the integrated systems perspective needed to commercialize increasingly complex products and systems. The Master of Science degree in Product Development (MPD) provides the educational foundation that technical professionals need for high-impact roles in product and technology innovation.
The MPD program is for engineers, scientists, and other technical professionals who aspire to product development leadership positions throughout their organizations. Designed by academic and industry leaders, MPD integrates formal education with state-fo-the-art research and industrial best practices to stay on the cutting edge.
Students acquire the foundation skills and strategic perspective necessary to become future leaders and senior managers responsible for driving business growth through product innovation. They develop receptiveness to change and continuous improvement, an understanding of the enablers to business success, and an enhanced ability to recognize barriers to success early in the commercialization cycle, when corrective actions are least costly. In short, the MPD program prepares today's technical experts for successful careers as project leaders and technically grounded senior managers of their enterprises.
Students may start the MPD program during any term and complete the coursework at their own pace. The program is offered fully on-line or as a blend of on-line and on-campus courses.
Students may also take up to three courses on a non-matriculated basis. Credit earned while enrolled as a non-matriculated student may be applied to the degree program following formal admission.
Most students are sponsored by an employer who is committed to improving leadership capabilities in product development. Sponsorship includes financial support and a commitment to work with the student to provide clear expectations and a well-articulated career development plan that builds upon the program. Candidates are welcome to sponsor themselves. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship for information.