Jan 16, 2022  
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Product Innovation (MS)

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The Master of Science in Product Innovation addresses the 21st century need for advanced, cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills across the product development landscape. Building on a foundation that explores new paradigms for physical, virtual and hybrid product design, students are able to tailor the program to develop design specializations that range from physical objects, to digital and interactive systems and experiences, to unique offerings that require knowledge and experience across multiple realms. Applied techniques and methodologies are augmented at each level of the program with specially crafted courses that provide essential theoretical and cultural context for advanced work, and by modules and courses covering critical elements of product venture development, including strategies for launch, management and growth. Utilizing the Academy’s network of leading industry partners, a strong emphasis is placed on collaborations between student teams and select companies and institutions, as well as other opportunities that provide real-world challenges for enhanced learning.

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in a design-related field, including: all areas of design, such as graphic, industrial, product (including fashion), and UI/UX or interaction design (including games); select areas of engineering; and architecture. Applicants who possess equivalent professional experience or who hold degrees in other fields, including business, are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Applicants who cannot demonstrate sufficient design-based skills may be required to complete additional coursework before registering for degree requirements or electives.

Program Requirements:

At least 64 units, including 52 units in the core and 12 units of electives.


*Advanced students may attempt to waive the PRIN 510  , PRIN 515   and PRIN 516   course requirements through examination. Students who are successful at waiving foundation course requirements will be approved for appropriate course substitutions within the degree through student advisement.

Electives (take an additional 12 units from the following):


**Section titles for lab electives, PRIN 525  , PRIN 526  , PRIN 535   may not be repeated for degree credit.

***PRIN 590   may be applied as an elective for up to eight units.


Additional courses within the Iovine and Young Academy or other departments and schools at USC are eligible for elective credit in the MS-PRIN degree based on advisement and approval by the Associate Dean for Admission and Student Affairs.

Sample Schedule Semester 4

16 units

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