Part-Time Master of Product Design and Development Management

The Master of Product Design and Development Management (MPD2program is designed for professionals in the field that are eager to master and manage the concepts and tools of product design and development. Learn about managing creativity and design, form and function, project management, customer-focused innovation, marketing and marketing research, as well as financial issues, all from the perspective of product design and development in this highly focused curriculum. The program is a one of a kind in that exactly half the subjects are devoted to basic business management issues that have been modified to address those professionals in product design and development while the other half of the course work is devoted to advanced managerial concepts in design and development.

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Designed to accommodate the busy schedules of design, engineering, and technical professionals, the part-time program is taken as a two year graduate program on Northwestern University's Evanston campus one day a week on alternating Fridays and Saturdays. The nine month, full-time program meets twice a week on Fridays and Saturdays.  The program is a must for mid-to-senior level design and development professionals who are currently involved or will be involved in the management of design and development of new products.

Admission Requirements

It is preferred that candidates have a minimum of two years work experience in a design, technical, or product development field and an undergraduate degree in design, engineering, or a related product development field. Individuals with other appropriate degrees and/or work experience will also be seriously considered.

Student Profile

The Master of Product Design and Development Management program boasts a unique and diverse student body. Students in the program have three to thirty years of professional experience, with current positions that are often disciplines in product design and development management. Positions include staff and managerial levels, and could include company president, vice president, or director.

These product development professionals represent a wide variety of industries ranging from manufacturing to consulting. Students are chosen based on their background, ability to learn, and potential contribution to the overall program experience. The ideal MPD² student demonstrates outstanding initiative and drive, a passion for design, and potential for leadership and managerial growth.


The total tuition for the class starting in September, 2016, is $62,250, or $10,375 per quarter. Books, parking permits, snacks, and lunches are provided, so there are no additional fees.