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Master of Science in Product Design & Development Management

The Master of Product Design & Development Management (mpd²) program is designed for professionals who want to master the concepts and tools of product design and development. You will learn about creativity, innovation, lean design, design strategy, product innovation, end-user research, marketing, and project and product management, as well as business and financial issues. The highly-focused curriculum, taught by senior faculty from academic and business, is designed to assure our graduates a pathway to senior management. 

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Quick Facts

The basics at-a-glance

Degree earned: Master of Science in Product Design and Development Management

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Rolling Admissions

April 15: Recommended deadline for international applicants
June 1: Deadline for both domestic and international scholarship applications
July 1: Application deadline for international applicants
August 1: Deadline for domestic applicants

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MPD2 follows Northwestern's 10-week quarter system. New student begin classes in September of the fall quarter, with breaks in December, March, and the summer months, meeting on Fridays and Saturdays. Friday classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Saturday classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. Each day consists of two classes, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon.

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Northwestern University’s Evanston campus
Easy access to Chicago’s leading tech and business community



Amber Hall (mpd² ‘20)

Senior Product Manager, PerfectFill

I bring everything from my time in the program to my day job. From frameworks for innovation management to building good business cases, all of it sits with me to this day.

Kelli Palm (mpd² ‘19)

Associate Director of Product Development, Zimmer Biomet

The mpd² courses and cohort teamwork taught me how to manage and work with multiple types of people and levels within an organization.

Joshua Childes (mpd² ‘20)

Director of Product Management, Validity Inc.

I can see clearly how the program, combined with my prior experience, made me ready to both see and seize that opportunity in a way I wouldn't have before

Anna Mollenkopf (mpd² ‘17)

Senior Product Operations Lead, Shopify

The mpd² program granted me a shift in mindset. I learned new ways to understand the world and the complicated, interconnected nature of how humans interact with each other and their environments.

Justin Zupnick (mpd² ‘18)

UX Manager, Accolade

I was a bit of the stereotypical millennial job-hopper, jumping from startup to startup, stuck in this elevator that would only go up or down. I needed a Wonkavator, something that could allow me to go sideways, slantways, longways, backways, squareways, roundways and any other ways you can think of. I felt MPD2 offered that.

Why Northwestern

Unique Program Features

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Learn alongside fellow industry professionals

The mpd² program includes students who are mid- and senior-level professionals with at least two years of experience in product design and development. As a student, you’ll engage in a collaborative and hands-on curriculum that enhances your knowledge and managerial skills through practical application.
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Study on your schedule

We offer full- and part-time master's degree options, in a addition to a three-day certificate program. As a full-time student, you can earn the mpd² degree in just nine months by attending Friday and Saturday classes on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. Part-time students commit to just one day of class each week and complete their studies in as little as two years.
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Enhance your management skills

Our graduates are invaluable to employers. Not only will you master critical skills in design, product development, end-user research, and innovation, you’ll also become a better business leader, gaining skills in marketing, finance, creativity, and project management.

The mpd² Community

Our faculty, alumni, and current students come from some of the most innovative companies in the world. Learn more about the mpd² community and how we master big picture business and leadership skills through our hands-on, team-based learning approach.

Meet our people

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Segal Design Institute

Our mission is to educate the next generation of synthetic thinkers and leaders — people who are able to move across domains and industries, identify convergences, and create impact through the lens of human-centered design. These thinkers are not generalists, but specialists of a different sort. They take a unified approach to solving problems, drawing on skills from engineering, social sciences, design, and management theory.
Learn more about the Segal Design Institute

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