Q: Is corporate financial support required for the MPD Program?

No. Although most MPD students receive corporate financial support, it is not a factor in the admissions process. Financial Aid is available to individuals who do not receive financial support from their company. Contact the RIT Financial Aid Office at 585-475-2186 for further details.

Q: Who typically serves as a sponsor?

This varies by organization; your sponsor may be your direct supervisor, human resources director, or anyone else who has the authority to approve your enrollment in the program.

Q: Is the RIT MPD a full-time or part-time program?

The MPD program is a part-time program with individuals typically taking two courses per quarter.

Q: Can prospective students attend class?

Yes, with prior permission from the MPD Office. Prospective students are provided the opportunity to attend class with current students and discuss the MPD program with students, faculty and staff.

Q: Do I need an undergraduate degree?

An undergraduate degree in engineering or a related scientific or technical field with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Q: How many years of work experience are required to enter the program?

At least five years experience directly related to product development. This experience must reflect continued growth and professional development.