The University of Pennsylvania's Integrated Product Design Master's programs merge the disciplines of design, engineering and business for the purpose of creating compelling new products and experiences. The program is designed to train students in technology, business, manufacturing, aesthetics and human-product interaction and provide them with a framework for bringing these disciplines together to create something new.
Today's social, environmental, economic and experiential problems are too complex and ambiguous to solve using the tools of one discipline alone. Integrated learning is therefore at the heart of Penn IPD. The programs draw on three schools within the University: The School of Engineering and Applied Science, The Wharton School, and The School of Design. Professors from all three schools teach our graduate courses and students develop a diverse skill set beyond the limits of a single domain. Upon graduating, IPD students bring this integrated point of view to their roles as entrepreneurs, designers, product engineers or leaders of front-end innovation teams. We offer two degrees, the Master of Integrated Product Design (M:IPD) & the Master of Science in Engineering in Integrated Product Design (MSE:IPD).
The M:IPD is intended for applicants with design, business or engineering backgrounds who wish to deepen their current skill sets while building broader skills in the other disciplines. The curriculum is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary perspective of product design. Students build skills in conceptualization, ideation, manufacturing, marketing and business planning. M:IPD students will take courses in The School of Design, The School of Engineering, and The Wharton School.
The MSE:IPD is intended for students who possess an undergraduate degree in engineering. The degree emphasizes technology and manufacturing processes, including coursework in advanced CAD/CAM and mechatronics. MSE:IPD students will take the majority of their courses within The School of Engineering and pursue engineering-oriented Final Projects.
The certificate in Integrated Product Design makes a focus on product design feasible for students who are interested in the field from a wide range of disciplines. Jointly offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Wharton and the School of Design, the IPD certificate certifies that students have had additional experience with an interdisciplinary, human-centered design process for developing new product innovations.