The MS in Product Design offers students a unique cross-disciplinary education cutting across multiple engineering disciplines in a world class research and innovation based environment. The 30-credit, 1 year program will not only build fundamentals in formulation based product design through core technical courses but will complement it with building key skills and competencies in innovation management and entrepreneurship, all of which are critical for product engineers. In addition to core competencies, the program will allow students to specialize in a industry sector of their choice through the flexibility of the broad industry specific concentration areas.

Admission Requirements

Students will apply directly to the College of Engineering for the Graduate Program. Students must have a related bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or other technical fields with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. There is flexibility based on a holistic review of the application. For non-native English speakers, the minimum TOEFL score is 80 and the minimum IELTS score is 6.5.

Curriculum Requirements

Technical Core Courses9
Students will choose 3 from the following:
Advanced Topics (SoftMatter and Colloids)
Advanced Biomaterials
Physical Organic Chemistry
Supramolecular Chemistry
Principles of Spectroscopic Techniques
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Innovation Management Core Courses9
Students will choose 3 from the following:
Management of Technological Innovation
Project Management Techniques
Engineering Management
Engineering Entrepreneurship
Strategic Management of Technological Innovation.
Sector Specific Concentration Courses9
Students will choose 3 courses from their sector of interest:
Sector: Cosmetics and Consumer Goods
Current Trends in Regenerative Medicine
Molecular Simulation of Materials
Special Problems (Formulation Design)
Sector: Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceuticals
Principles of Cellular and Tissue Engineering
Special Problems (Formulation Design)
Data Mining
Sector: Nanotechnology
Scanning Electron Microscopy for Engineers
Advanced Topics (Aerosol Measurement Techniques)
Other courses by approval
Master's Project
CET ### New Course: Master's Project3
Total Credit Hours30

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
CET 790 Advanced Topics (SoftMatter and Colloids) 3
CHM 624 Supramolecular Chemistry 3
ISE 763 Project Management Techniques 3
ISE 671 Engineering Entrepreneurship 3
Concentration Course 3
 Credit Hours15
BME 635 Advanced Biomaterials 3
ISE 672 Management of Technological Innovation 3
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 3
 Credit Hours12
Master's Project 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours30


  • Provide high quality graduate education in fundamentals of formulation based product design, innovation management and entrepreneurship and in industry specific technical knowledge. This will prepare graduates for wide ranging professional careers and leadership roles.
  • Conduct high quality applied research with industry guidance to advance current body of knowledge in complex product design.
  • Serve the formulated product industries and engineering profession as a Center of Excellence for Product Innovation and Design through active engagement with industry, professional bodies and through contribution of professional expertise.


The educational objectives of the Product Design program is to produce graduates with:

  • Advanced knowledge in softmatter, colloidal systems, biomaterials and industry specific knowledge.
  • Advance knowledge in innovation, innovation management and entrepreneurship
  • Potential to make significant contributions to product innovation across multiple industrial sectors. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an advanced knowledge of both formulation principles  and innovation management
  • Students will demonstrate an advanced ability to identify, formulate and solve product design and product engineering problems to carry out supervised research
  • Students will demonstrate an advanced ability to generate technical and business strategy contributions and effectively communicate that to the industrial R&D and scientific community.