An interdisciplinary, collaborative approach that builds technical, strategic and leadership skills.
Human-centered design is at the heart of the program, which brings together design, engineering and business perspectives to create new products and experiences. IPD graduates are entrepreneurs, designers, product engineers, product managers, user experience designers and innovation leaders. They are changing the world, one product, one service, one business at a time.
Our product design programs combine the vitality of a start up with the rigor of an Ivy League education; drawing on three renowned schools within the University.
Integrated Product Design offers two degrees, the Master of Integrated Product Design (M:IPD) & the Master of Science in Engineering in Integrated Product Design (MSE:IPD). A Certificate in Integrated Product Design is offered for students who are pursuing other graduate degrees at Penn.
Discover your ideal program.
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 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.
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.
Degree in design, business or engineering discipline with aptitude for the others
Degree in engineering discipline with aptitude for design and business
Current Penn graduate student in Engineering, Weitzman School of Design or The Wharton School, with GPA of 3.0 or above
Within each offering there is the opportunity to create an elective curriculum that gives students the opportunity to specialize in one of many fields such as User Experience Strategy, Robotics and Intelligent Products, Healthcare Innovation and Social Impact. View our Sample Tracks for ideas.
IPD students work on a variety of projects throughout their time at Penn. Some are executed over the course of days or weeks; others span two semesters. Some are solo endeavors; others are team exercises. While pursuing their degrees, students work on both design problems that follow their passions and on real world problems provided by our partners in academia, industry, or the non-profit world.