Integrated Product Design Certificate

The certificate in Integrated Product Design makes a focus on product design feasible for students who are interested in the field from a wide range of disciplines. Jointly offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Wharton and the Weitzman School of Design, the IPD certificate certifies that students have had additional experience with an interdisciplinary, human-centered design process for developing new product innovations. Students enrolled in the certificate will be exposed to design thinking, have the opportunity to design at different scales and scopes, prototype and iterate distinct executions of their ideas, address manufacturing concerns, design enabling technologies, consider the implications of financial models on their product design, and develop business strategies. 

The certificate requires the completion of 2.0 course units of required courses and 3.0 course units of elective courses, one in each of the disciplines of design arts, engineering and business. This is a graduate and post-graduate only certificate for students who are already enrolled in graduate education at Weitzman School, Engineering, or Wharton and who are in good academic standing.


Please see the IPD website for more information about the IPD certificate, including course requirements.


Applicants should upload an unofficial PennInTouch transcript into the on-line application. In addition, they should upload a work plan showing when they took or will take the two required courses, and which three additional courses they propose to take to fulfill the certificate requirements. This work plan should be included in the personal statement section of the application. The certificate must be completed at the same time as the enrolled graduate or post-graduate degree program and cannot be pursued as a stand-alone certificate.

Apply for the IPD certificate (Engineering, Design, and Wharton students)


Sarah Rottenberg
Executive Director, Integrated Product Design
University of Pennsylvania