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Graduate Program

Engineering graduates with a passion for complex, system-level challenges can now plunge deeper into the intricacies of design, with two engineering design master's degrees:

  • Master of Science in Engineering Design (M.S.) is a comprehensive two-year, 32-credit program requiring completion of a thesis. This is an ideal program for an engineering graduate who wishes to pursue a traditional two-year master’s program in preparation for a career in academia or industry.
  • Master of Engineering in Engineering Design (M.Eng.) is an intensive one-year, 32-credit program requiring completion of an engineering international internship or scholarly paper. This is an ideal program for a working engineer with a bachelor’s degree who wishes to go deeper into design while investigating a research topic immediately applicable to his or her immediate career goals.

Both degrees provide ample opportunity for students to sharpen their holistic design skills, while gaining substantial practical experience in the studio. Both offer a chance to explore engineering challenges through multidimensional context-specific lenses, from beginning to end.

Students in both degree programs choose one of the following three focus areas:

  • Engineering Product Design Track
    Students identify consumer preferences and requirements, evaluate existing products and product families, and develop innovative designs.
  • Systems Design Track
    Students work to define and develop a variety of systems that satisfy specific user and mission requirements.
  • Data-Driven Design Track
    Students use data to motivate and inform design decisions and assess current product performance.

In a manner similar to working for an engineering design firm, clients will generally expect that the firm assign the intellectual property (IP) to the sponsoring entity and also that the designers are held under strict non-disclosure. For most projects, you will be expected to complete an IP assignment form and a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before working on sponsored projects within the required studio course sequence and other design courses in the graduate programs in Engineering Design.



The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

213 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952