Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Product Development MS

Program Overview

RIT’s Master of Science in Product Development (MPD) program is a leadership program designed for engineers, scientists, technical managers, and other experienced professionals who aspire to mid- and senior-level positions driving product innovation.  The program integrates business and engineering courses, consistent with cross-functional, end-to-end product development and the systems perspective that is so critical to conceive, create, launch, and support today’s complex product portfolios. Electives provide flexibility to tailor program content to meet specific learning objectives of students and sponsoring organizations.  A corporate-oriented Capstone project provides immediate benefits to sponsoring organizations and is an excellent opportunity for students to gain visibility and recognition.
The MPD program is offered on-line or as a blend of on-line and on-campus courses.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 15 students enroll annually. Most students are sponsored, but self-sponsorship is also common. Candidates must have at least two years of experience in a product development environment.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Cooperative education is not a formal part of the MPD program, but internships can be sought to augment the program.

Salary Information

Co-op:   Not available
MS:        Not available

Student Skills & Capabilities

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 learn how a company’s business strategy, vision, and core capabilities, coupled with the voice of the customer, determine project strategies and create best-in-class product portfolios and architectures.  Students develop receptiveness to change and continuous improvement, an understanding of the enablers to business success, and an enhanced ability to recognize barriers early in the commercialization cycle when corrective actions are least costly. 
The MPD program prepares technical experts for careers as project leaders and technically grounded senior managers of their enterprises.  Upon graduation, most students assume additional leadership responsibilities very quickly, primarily within the product commercialization arena.  Cross-functional  program management or technology management positions are the most likely outcomes, although students have leveraged their new interdisciplinary skills and technical backgrounds for product management and other business-oriented positions.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Alstom, Bausch & Lomb, Borg-Warner, Branson Ultrasonics, Carestream Health, Corning, Delphi, Fisher-Price, Gleason, GW Lisk, Honeywell, Harris RF, Inficon, Infimed, Integer (formerly Greatbatch), ITT Fluid Technology, ITT Space Systems, John Deere, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, Parker Hannifin, PPC, Raymond, RIT, Sensis, SRC, Welch-Allyn, Xerox.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Annette Stewart, the career services coordinator who works with the Product Development MS program. You can access information about services through our web site at

Mark Smith, Director
Product Development Program
RIT . 09-4451. 77 Lomb Memorial Drive .Rochester NY  14623-5608
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Annette K. Stewart, Career Services Coordinator,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5466
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603