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Product Development
Master of Science
College of Engineering
Graduate Program Contact Mark Smith

The master of science 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 and integrates formal education with state-of-the-art research and industrial best practices. Electives and a capstone project provide flexibility to tailor the program's content to specific learning objectives of students and sponsoring organizations.

  • Price $1,742 per credit hour (2016/17 AY)
  • Duration

    30 credit hours required

    A full-time student could finish the program in 16 months, and a part-time student could complete the program in 2-4 years.

  • Courses
  • Jobs
    • Senior Program Manager
    • Vice President of Research and Development
    • Director/Vice President of Engineering
    • Director/Vice President of Product Development
    • Director of Software Development
  • Employers
    • Syracuse Research Corporation
    • Xerox
    • Bausch & Lomb
    • John Deere
    • Corning
    • Gleason
    • Greatbatch
    • Harris RF
    • Gunlocke
    • Borg-Warner
    • Syracuse Research
    • Moog
    • Raymond
    • Saab-Sensis
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Welch-Allyn
  • Program Differentiators
    • 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
    • RIT alums hail from more than 101 countries and work for more than 3,000 employers
    • Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 114,000-strong RIT alumni community
    • We build programs based on real-time employer demand
    • The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
    • RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
    • We provide the same library services and resources, including a dedicated librarian, for online students
    • Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
    • We provide enriched personalized academic advising
    • You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
  • Application Requirements

    Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended start date.

    To be considered for admission to the master of science in product development program, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:

    • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
    • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred
    • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
    • Submit a current resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation
    • Have at least two years of experience in product development or a related business environment
    • A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. RIT accepts TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE exams. Students must achieve the following minimum scores prior to consideration for admission: 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or 58 on the Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE). Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, PTE-Academic, or IELTS exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English. These countries include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada, England, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Virgin Islands and Wales

    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).

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