Master of Science in Product Development, MSPD (721)

This two year sixteen-course master’s degree is a groundbreaking interdisciplinary leadership program designed for senior engineering and technical professionals. By integrating engineering and management elements, the program strives to develop a new kind of leader with a holistic perspective and knowledge of the total life-cycle acquisition system. Students acquire the fundamental skills and strategic perspectives required of effective change agents as well as an enhanced ability to recognize barriers to success early in a system’s development cycle when corrective actions are least costly. Students also earn a MIT certificate.

The MSPD degree is not ABET EAC accredited.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in engineering or a related scientific or technical field with high academic achievement (2.6 GPA or higher); non-technical degrees considered with attainment of college level calculus and/or on a case-by-case basis. Probability & statistics desired but not required.

  • At least five years of experience directly related to product/systems development, systems engineering or systems acquisition. This experience must reflect continued growth and professional development. For candidates that hold a Master’s degree, the experience requirement can be reduced to three years;

  • Sponsored by your service, command or company with senior leadership endorsement.

Degree Requirements  

  • One curriculum option (721) allows a student to earn a MSPD degree. Refer to the 721 curricula for details.
  • The Master of Science degree in Product Development requires a minimum of 48 quarter-hours of graduate level work.
  • The candidate must take all courses in an approved curriculum, which must satisfy the following requirements:
  • There must be a minimum of 36 quarter-hours of credits in 3000 and 4000 level courses, including a minimum of 16 quarter-hours at the 4000 level.
  • The course work must include four courses in systems engineering methods, defined by each curriculum.
  • Additional courses must be selected from an approved list.
  • The candidate must complete an approved thesis.

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