IPD Certificate

Who's It For?

This is a graduate certificate is for students who are already enrolled in graduate education at Penn in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, The Wharton School and the Weitzman School of Design. 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, The Wharton School and the Weitzman School of Design, the IPD certificate certifies that students obtained additional experience through product design classes with an interdisciplinary, human-centered design process for developing new product innovations.

Academic Focus

Students enrolled in the certificate will be exposed to design thinking, have the opportunity to design at different scales and scopes, prototype and iterate distinct executions of their ideas, address manufacturing concerns, design enabling technologies, consider the implications of financial models on their product design, and develop business strategies.


The IPD certificate is designed to complement Penn students’ graduate experience. It opens the door to roles and opportunities within their primary fields that are related to innovation and the design of new products and experiences.

Core Curriculum

The certificate requires the completion of 2.0 course units of required courses and 3.0 course units of elective courses, one in each of the disciplines of design arts, engineering and business. The certificate must be completed at the same time as the enrolled graduate or post-graduate degree program and cannot be pursued as a stand-alone certificate.

Applications are due on November 1, 2024 for Spring 2025 admission & February 1, 2025 for Fall 2025 admission.  Apply here.

Please visit the Weitzman School of Design’s website for additional details regarding the IPD Certificate curriculum.

For the most updated information on all courses, please look for the departmental listings on the Course Register.


Students select two out of the three required courses.


Students select one elective from each discipline.
Learn Product Design with a certificate from UPenn

We welcome applicants who aren’t satisfied with the status quo, enjoy working in a collaborative environment, naturally make connections, and are passionate about their work.