Interdisciplinary Programs

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 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 PennDesign, Engineering, or Wharton and who are in good academic standing.


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, IPD 515 and 509, and which three additional courses they propose to take to fulfill the certificate requirements. 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
Associate Director, Integrated Product Design
University of Pennsylvania


Course NumberTitleSemesterCU


*IPD 515Product DesignSu/F/Sp1 CU
*IPD 509Need FindingSp1 CU


Design Arts
ARCH 721Designing Smart Objects for Play and Learning (IPD 521)F1 CU
ARCH 726Furniture Design  (for ARCH students only) (IPD 526)Sp1 CU
ARCH 728Design of Contemporary Products (IPD 528)Sp1 CU
ARCH 733Building Product Design (IPD 530)F1 CU
FNAR 566Graphic DesignF/Sp1 CU
FNAR568Integrative Design Studio: Cultures of Making (IPD 568)F1 CU
*IPD 527Industrial DesignSp1 CU
BE 514Rehab Engineering and Design (IPD 504)F1 CU
ENGR 566Design of Appropriate Biomedical Technologies for Point of Care DiagnosticsSp1 CU
ESE 519Real Time Embedded SystemsF1 CU
IPD 500Product Engineering Basics (for non-engineering students)Su1 CU
IPD 501Integrated Computer-Aided Design, Manufacturing, and AnalysisF1 CU
MEAM 510Design of Mechatronic SystemsF1 CU
MEAM 514 Design for Manufacturability (IPD 514)Sp1 CU
MEAM 520Introduction to RoboticsF1 CU
EAS 545Engineering Entrepreneurship ISu/F/Sp1 CU
FNCE 750Venture Capital and the Finance of InnovationSp1 CU
OIDD 614Managing the Productive Core of the Firm: InnovationSp.5 CU
OIDD 652Design of Web-Based Products and ServicesSp.5 CU
OIDD 662Enabling TechnologiesSp1 CU
OIDD 656Operations Strategy and Process ManagementF1 CU
MGMT 801EntrepreneurshipSp.5 CU
MGMT 810Social EntrepreneurshipSp1 CU
MKTG 711Consumer BehaviorSp1 CU
MKTG 728Contagious: How Products, Ideas, and Behaviors Catch On 1 CU
MKTG 730Digital MarketingSp1 CU
MKTG 753New Product ManagementSp.5 CU
MKTG 756 Marketing ResearchF1 CU
MKTG 793RetailingSp.5 CU
MKTG 892CreativityF1 CU

*Students who take these 3 CUs as part of their certificate and who qualify for admission into the Master’s program may complete the Master’s degree in one additional year.