Master of Science in Product Development Engineering

The Master of Science in Product Development Engineering program (available both on-campus and online via DEN@Viterbi) is an interdisciplinary degree program jointly offered by the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Daniel J. Epstein Industrial and Systems Engineering Departments. The Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department will manage this joint degree program.

There are three interrelated disciplines in product development: art, management, and engineering. This program focuses on the engineering discipline, ranging from technology to systems.

From the engineering viewpoint, product development can be seen as a process from invention, design, planning, production, to service phases.

Three types of knowledge are needed for an engineer to go through these phases:

  • knowledge to generate new product ideas
  • knowledge to evaluate these ideas
  • knowledge to structure and manage the development process.

This innovative degree provides students with an integrated education experience, including modern theories and practical experiences, to acquire this knowledge systematically so that they can accomplish these phases efficiently.

Related Programs

The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering also offers the following Master of Science degree program concentrations:

  • MS in Aerospace Engineering
  • MS in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics)
  • MS in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (Dynamics and Control)
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering (Energy Conversion)
  • MS in Product Development Engineering
  • Dual Degree: MS in Aerospace Engineering/MS in Engineering Management
  • Dual Degree: MS in Mechanical Engineering/MS in Engineering Management

The Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering also offers the following related graduate program concentrations and dual degree programs:

  • MS in Analytics (On-campus only)
  • MS in Engineering Management
  • MS in Health Systems Management Engineering
  • MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • MS in Manufacturing Engineering (On-campus only)
  • MS in Operations Research Engineering
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Operations (On-campus only)
  • Graduate Certificate in Network Centric Systems (On-campus only)
  • Dual Degree: MS in Aerospace Engineering/MS in Engineering Management
  • Dual Degree: MS in Electrical Engineering/MS in Engineering Management
  • Dual Degree: MS in Mechanical Engineering/MS in Engineering Management
  • Dual Degree: MS in Petroleum Engineering /MS in Engineering Management
  • Dual Degree: MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering/MBA (On-campus only)

For a complete list of graduate programs offered online in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, please visit the DEN@Viterbi Program Offerings.

Career Opportunities

A variety of career opportunities exist, but primarily in the areas of:

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehouse Distribution Facilities
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Transportation Systems
  • Consulting Firms
  • Biomedical Design
  • Robotics
  • Nuclear Power
  • Refrigeration Systems

Earn your Master of Science in Product Development Engineering online via DEN@Viterbi. Request information today.

Same Faculty. Same Program. Same Degree.

DEN@Viterbi strives to meet the needs of engineering professionals, providing the opportunity to advance your education while maintaining your career and other commitments. By breaking down geographical and scheduling barriers, DEN@Viterbi allows you to take your classes anytime and anywhere.

DEN@Viterbi students undergo the same academic requirements, curriculum, and must adhere to the same academic standards as on-campus students; therefore, your diploma is ultimately issued by the University of Southern California. There is no difference between remote students and on-campus students.