Product Design Track: MS & PhD
The product design track is creative and interdisciplinary, blending elements of industrial design, engineering, business, and humanities. Combining these disciplines gives you the tools and methods to design products and services (both physical and digital) that are functional, marketable, and human-centered. Our flexible programming gives you the option to deepen your theoretical and practical knowledge of product design and gain hands-on advanced product design experience to augment your background.
Students pursuing a Master of Science degree have two separate degree plans to choose from. Plan A is more thesis-focused and is considered preparatory for pursuing a PhD. Plan C is project-based and aimed at career advancement.
The credit amounts shown above are the foundation level required; additional coursework may be required.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree Option
Doctoral study in the product design track of the design graduate program is intended for students interested in academic research and scholarship who seek to become professors or engage in R&D or design research in industry upon completion.
Our product design faculty members actively conduct research on topics that range from food and toy design, to consumer perception, immersive environments, and more. Each professor and instructor brings their unique interests to the classroom, giving you a taste of the varied areas of product design research. Through research collaborations, studios, internships, and our fabrication facilities, you will have many opportunities to explore the field of product design as both an academic discipline and industry powerhouse.
Product design faculty leading research and creative scholarship: