M:IPD Degree

Who's It For?

Future entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs who want to learn product design and work across disciplinary boundaries to address the world’s most interesting, complex and important problems through designing and developing extraordinary products.

Academic Focus

The M: IPD provides students from engineering, design or business backgrounds with expertise in a human-centered design process that leverages their existing skills and enables them to develop new ones.

Designed to ground students in the disciplines of product design while allowing them to tailor their learning experience to meet their individual goals. M:IPD students take both integrated courses designed specifically for the degree and single discipline courses that provide more in-depth training in business, design arts or engineering.


M:IPD graduates become successful leaders of innovation who can speak the language of design, engineering and business and act as translators between disciplines. They are creative problem solvers with the skills to implement their solutions. They know how to build desirable, feasible and sustainable physical and digital products that people need, want and love.

Core Curriculum

The curriculum is comprised of 5 core courses and 5 additional courses, one each in design, business and engineering and two additional courses in any of the disciplines. Since the program is cross-disciplinary, students who do not have the requisite background in the three areas, engineering, design arts, and marketing/finance, may be required to enroll in additional foundational courses in these areas.

A graduate student is considered full time if he/she takes 3 CUs per semester. Many students take 2 CUs in their final semester.

The Integrated Product Design guidelines are designed to provide guidance in your graduate study and outline the departmental policies and procedures that govern the program. The guidelines for the academic year in which you matriculated apply to you.

The core curriculum is comprised of 5 foundational courses that are required of all students regardless of their undergraduate degree:

  • IPD 551: Design Process (1st Semester) (1 CU)
  • IPD 552: Problem Framing (2nd Semester) (1 CU)
  • IPD 515: Product Design or IPD 514: Design For Manufacturability (1st year) (1 CU)
  • IPD 799: Final Project (3rd Semester) (1 CU)
  • IPD 799: Final Project (4th Semester) (1 CU)

For more information about design, engineering and business courses see the Course Directory. For guidance on the policies and procedures that govern the program see the  IPD Guidelines.

M:IPD Sample Schedule

A student entering into the M:IPD program with a background in design might take the following courses:

Summer Year 1
Fall Year 1
Spring Year 1
Fall Year 2
  • IPD 799

    Final Project 1

    Course Detail >

  • Engineering Elective

  • Business Elective

Spring Year 2
Learn Product Design in UPenn’s IPD Program

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.