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Master of Integrated Product Design University of Pennsylvania




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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.

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)


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.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Integrated Product Design.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

1 Course Unit: USD $7,310; 2 Course Units: USD $14,620; 3 Course Units: USD $22,454; 4 Course Units: USD $29,240


01 Sep


School of Engineering and Applied Science

220 South 33rd Street,

107 Towne Building,



19104, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Candidates should have a background in one of the three areas: business, design arts, or engineering.

A strong command of the English language is necessary for successful study at Penn. Applicants whose families do not speak English at home, or applicants who have not attended a high school or secondary school where the primary language of instruction is English, are asked to take the TOEFL, the Test of English as a Foreign Language, administered by the Educational Testing Service. In the event the TOEFL is not readily accessible, Penn will accept results from the IELTS, the International English Language Testing System.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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