The College of Engineering and Science and the College of Business Administration, together offer the Master of Science in Product Development. This program was developed in cooperation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and five major U.S. corporations. The program is focused specifically on the automobile industry and targets experienced engineers that will lead product development/manufacturing activities into the 21st century. The program features both technical and business content and intense classroom interactions with an array of seminars and case studies conducted in conjunction with partner companies. The curriculum is challenging and rigorous. The program is beneficial for both product and manufacturing personnel – product development, manufacturing, research, quality, and supply management among others.
Competitiveness in the global market depends on capabilities to bring to market innovative products in the most cost-effective and timely manner and ahead of the competition. The MPD Program was designed to develop such expertise in US engineers. It is a very special program. Systemic impact on product development/manufacturing teams can be achieved by aggressive infusion of advanced product development/manufacturing methods and strategies that are taught to the MPD students. The two-year cohort-based-program begins only once every year – during January – and the classes meet two evenings per week.
Applicants will be considered if they have excellent academic records, a bachelor degree or higher in Engineering or computer science and five or more years of work experience in industry, government or academia. Alternate qualifications include an MS in engineering with three or more years of work experience in industry, government or academia.
The Master of Science in Product Development requires 45 credit hours consisting of 39 credit hours of course work and a six credit hour capstone project/thesis. The program is a two calendar-year (six term) experience beginning with an intensive full-time two week launch experience, followed by two courses per term for six terms.