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.
$1,897 per credit hour (2018-19)
$1,980 per credit hour (2019-20)
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.
- Excellence in New Product Development (3 credits)
- Engineering of Systems I (3 credits)
- Engineering of Systems II (3 credits)
- Decision and Risk Benefit Analysis (3 credits)
- Systems and Project Management ( credit)
- Accounting for Decision Makers (3 credits)
- Marketing Concepts and Commercialization (3 credits)
- Operations and Supply Chain Management (3 credits)
- Product Development Capstone I ( credit)
- Elective (3 credits)
- Senior Program Manager
- Vice President of Research and Development
- Director/Vice President of Engineering
- Director/Vice President of Product Development
- Director of Software Development
- Syracuse Research Corporation
- Bausch & Lomb
- John Deere
- Harris RF
- Syracuse Research
- Johnson & Johnson
- 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
- RIT alums hail from more than 147 countries and work for more than 3,723 employers
- Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-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
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 (or equivalent) in engineering (or a related scientific or technical field)
- 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 one professional recommendation
- Submit a current resume
- 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. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic 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.
- Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Learners from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Iran and Cuba may not register for online courses at RIT. Nor may individuals on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department’s table of Deny Orders. By registering for online courses at RIT, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.
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).
- Request Information