Master of Science in Product Development Program (MPD)

Master of Science of Product Development

Are you looking to advance your career and become a leader in the engineering and manufacturing field?

If so, the Master of Science in Product Development (MPD) is educating a new class of technologically grounded leaders: individuals with a special blend of engineering and management skills required to conceive of and create today's increasingly complex products and manufacturing systems.

The MPD program provides you with a comprehensive study of product development methods and business practices through case studies and projects that are challenging and rigorous.

The program features both technical content and relevant business content that future leaders in engineering will find invaluable to their careers.  The curriculum covers all aspects of product development  (see model of end-to-end product development).

Learn about the 2-week kick-off learning experience for the Master of Science in Product Development called the January experience.
Want to know more about the program?  Hear from Don Harring a 2016 graduate of the Master of Science in Product Development program.

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    History of the MPD Program

    The Master of Science Product Development (MPD) was developed in collaboration with three academic institutions: the University of Detroit Mercy, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Rochester Institute of Technology; and six industrial partners: Ford, General Motors, IBM, ITT, Polaroid, and Xerox; along with the U.S. Navy and the National Science Foundation.  Naval Postgraduate School, Monterrey, California has now also started offering the MPD program to Navy personnel and Navy contractors.  The principal objective of the MPD program is to enhance the global competitiveness of US industries.  The program is beneficial for both product and manufacturing personnel.

    The Detroit Mercy Program, a local version of MIT's System Design and Management Program - Product Development Track, focused specifically on the automobile industry, was launched in Detroit in January 1999.  This program is consistent with the design and management terms, tools, processes and strategies that have evolved through the Center for Innovation Product Development (a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center at MIT).  At the same time, the Detroit Mercy program is focused on and responsive to the needs of the automotive industry. Students learn the methods developed at CIPD through their application to cases and projects related to the development of the automobile and major automotive product and manufacturing systems.

Questions about the program?

We look forward to answering any questions that you may have concerning the Master of Science in Product Development Program.

Dr. David Pistrui, Director of Graduate Recruiting
Graduate Professional Programs Office
Telephone: (313) 993-3378

Valarie Steppes-Glisson
College of Engineering and Science  E-270
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI  48221
(313) 993-1128

Dr. Darrell Kleinke, Director of Graduate Professional Programs
Telephone: (313) 993-1140