New M.S. | Product Design & Manufacture

The 21st century requires engineers capable of designing new products and quickly getting them to customers. The Master of Science (MS) degree in Product Design and Manufacture is designed to train modern engineers to generate compelling new ideas—as well as the passion and leadership skills to translate those ideas into the practical design and mass production of innovative and cost-effective new products.

Whether your future rests in entrepreneurial ventures or in a large company, this program provides students with in-depth knowledge of engineering design, new product manufacturing, and the business skills required for new product success. Developed in consultation with industrial leaders, the MS in Product Design and Manufacture integrates the product design and manufacturing processes, allowing graduates to best determine the path from product innovation to cost-effective production.

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The 32 credit degree program can be completed in as little as one year.

The BU Advantage

Engineering Product Innovation Center: A 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility where you can build prototypes of your own ideas and take product design classes taught by experienced practitioners with a wealth of practical experience. Includes CAD hardware and software, robotic manufacturing line, 3D printers, materials characterization lab, electronics lab, full machine and carpentry shops, and, and a foundry. Learn More.

Experienced Faculty: Courses are taught by experts with distinguished careers in industry and trailblazing research. Students gain real-world perspective and participate in cutting-edge innovation.

Flexible Curriculum: The core curriculum ensures students acquire the critical knowledge while allowing the flexibility to customize their academic focus through a strong selection of approved electives in Product Design, Manufacturing, and Physical Science, and Practicum.

Internships: Students can add an Engineering Practice designation – recognized by employers and research institutions — to their degrees by developing and applying technical, project management and leadership skills in a practical internship with a company or research institution.

Specializations: Students have the option of adding specializations in the rapidly emerging fields of data analytics, cybersecurity or robotics to their degrees. Learn More.

Thesis or Practicum Options: Students take an elective course and complete a practicum, where they work with industrial partners on real-world projects; take project-intensive courses; or engage in independent study.


Core Courses (Choose 4 courses; 16 credits)
Advanced Product Design (Fall)
Advanced Product Design (Spring)
Production Systems Analysis
Manufacturing and Supply Chain Strategy

Engineering Elective (Choose 1 course; 4 credits)
Any 500 or 700 level course offered in the College of Engineering

Design and Manufacturing Electives (Choose 2 courses; 8 credits)
Intellectual Assets
Process Modeling and Control
Product Development
Product Quality
Simulation of Physical Processes
MEMs: Fabrication and Materials
Nano/Microelectronic Device Manufacturing
Advanced Biomedical Design and Development

Practicum (Choose 1 course; 4 credits)
Lean and Agile New Product Development
Precision Machine Design
Industrial Practicum