Integrated Product Design, MSE

The MSE:IPD teaches students design processes to generate creative ideas, rapid prototyping techniques and how to creatively resolve tensions between design, engineering and business criteria.

The courses provide students with the opportunity to build greater skills in engineering disciplines related to product design while helping them contextualize those skills as a part of the product design process. MSE:IPD students master methods for prototyping, fabrication, manufacturing, and computer-aided design. They complement their strength in engineering with new skills in business and design arts.


Product Engineering Basics
Design Fundamentals
Engineering Entrepreneurship I
Introduction to Marketing
Core Courses6
Design Processes (1st Semester)
Problem Framing (2nd Semester)
IPD Final Project (3rd Semester)
IPD Final Project (4th Semester)
Design of Mechatronic Systems
Design for Manufacturability
Breadth Courses
Select 2 of the following
Rehab Engineering and Design
Applied Machine Learning
Big Data Analytics
Programming for the Web
Advanced Computer Graphics
Programming Languages and Techniques
IoT Edge Computing
Data Mining: Learning from Massive Datasets
Integrated Computer-Aided Design, Manufacturing and Analysis
Advanced Mechatronic Reactive Spaces.
Ergonomics/Human Factors Based Product Design
Designing Connected Objects and Experiences
Materials and Manufacturing for Mechanical Design
Introduction to Robotics
Finite Element Analysis
Advanced Dynamics
Select 1 of the following
Designing Smart Objects for Play and Learning
Technology in Design
Furniture Design Strategic Process
Design of Contemporary Products: Design for Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
Semi-Fictitious Realms: A History and Future of Virtual Reality
New Approaches to an Architecture of Health
Function of Fashion in Architecture
Form and Algorithm
Image, Object, Architecture
Ecology, Technology, and Design
Sensing the City
Art, Design and Digital Culture
Design 21: Design After the Digital
Art of the Web: Interactive Concepts for Art & Design
Graphic Design Practicum
Cultures of Making
Biological Design
Graphic Design I: Creative Technologies
Information Design and Visualization
Interfacing Culture: Designing for Mobile, Web and Public Media
User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Design
How to Make Things: Production Prototyping Studio
Industrial Design I
Advanced Mechatronic Reactive Spaces.
Select 1 of the following
Behavioral Science: Theory and Application of Experimental Methods (Business)
Power, Persuasion and Influence
Judgments & Decisions
Engineering Negotiation
Engineering Entrepreneurship I
Engineering Entrepreneurship II
Engineering Entrepreneurship Lab
Engineering Economics
Corporate Sustainability Strategies
Venture Capital and the Finance of Innovation
Health Care Entrepreneurship
Intellectual Property Strategy for the Innovation-Driven Enterprise
Technology Strategy
Change, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Management
Venture Implementation
Social Entrepreneurship
Marketing Management
Dynamic Marketing Strategy
Consumer Behavior
Data and Analysis for Marketing Decisions
New Product Management
Digital Marketing and Electronic Commerce
Introduction to Brain Science for Business
Entrepreneurial Marketing
Digital Marketing, Social Media and E-Commerce
Applied Probability Models in Marketing
Business Analytics
Operations Strategy
Design and Development of Web-Based Products and Services
Enabling Technologies
Total Course Units10

The curriculum is comprised of 6 core courses and 4 additional courses; one in design, one in business and two in engineering.

  • Since the program is cross-disciplinary, students who do not have the requisite background in the three areas, engineering, design arts, and business, may be required to enroll in additional foundational courses in these areas.
  • The core curriculum is comprised of 6 foundational courses that are required of all students regardless of their undergraduate degree.

Select 4 additional courses; one in design, one in business and two in engineering from the preapproved list in the handbook.  For more information about design, engineering and business courses see the Course Directory.

Plan of Study 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCourse Units
IPD 5030 Design Fundamentals 1
 Course Units0.00
IPD 5510 Design Processes 1
EAS 5450 Engineering Entrepreneurship I 1
MEAM 5100 Design of Mechatronic Systems 1
 Course Units3.00
IPD 5520 Problem Framing 1
IPD 5140 Design for Manufacturability 1
Select 1 Design elective 1
 Course Units3.00
Second Year
IPD 7990 IPD Final Project 1
Select 1 Engineering elective 1
Select 1 Business elective 1
 Course Units3.00
IPD 7990 IPD Final Project 1
 Course Units1.00
 Total Course Units10.00

For guidance on the policies and procedures that govern the program see the  IPD Guidelines

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.