Jun 19, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

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 course work before registering for degree requirements or electives.

Program Requirements:

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

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


**Topics and titles for sections PRIN 525, 526, and 535 rotate on a regular basis. Sections bearing the same title or content may not be repeated for credit towards the degree.

***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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