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Engineering Design Graduate Curriculum

Engineering Design courses are aligned with three primary areas - engineering product design, systems design, and data-driven design. Engineering product design addresses the identification of consumer preferences and requirements, the evaluation of existing products and product families, and the development of innovative designs. Systems design examines the role components play within systems and the optimization of systems as a whole. This includes defining and developing a variety of systems that satisfy user requirements. Data-driven design focuses on using data to motivate and inform design decisions and assess current product performance. 

Prescribed Courses

All candidates for both the M.S. and the M.Eng. degree must take 8 credits as follows: EDSGN 581, EDSGN 582, EDSGN 585, and EDSGN 590. M.S. degree candidates must also take 6 credits of thesis - EDSGN 600/610. 

EDSGN 581: Design Studio I (3 credits) - Cross-disciplinary teams learn in a studio environment to consider broad aspects and context in their engineering design activities. 

EDSGN 582: Design Studio II (3 credits) - Cross-disciplinary teams in an engineering design studio environment with project emphasis on technical and analytical depth. Prerequisite: EDSGN 581

EDSGN 585: Design Portfolio (1 credit) - Preparation of a portfolio summarizing the student's experience with engineering design research and practice. Prerequisite or concurrent: EDSGN 582

EDSGN 590: Colloquium (1 - 3 credits) 

EDSGN 600: Thesis Research (1 - 15 credits) / EDSGN 610 Thesis Research Off Campus (1 - 15 credits)

M.Eng. Course Offerings

A minimum of 18 credits must be in the 500 series. 

12 credits in EDSGN (Choose at least 4 courses)

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
IE/EDSGN 479: Human-Centered Product Design and Innovation (3 credits)  EDSGN 497: Additive Manufacturing (3 credits) 
EDSGN 547: Human Variability (3 credits) EDSGN 548: Interaction Design (3 credits)
EDSGN 558: Systems Design (3 credits)
EDSGN 561: Data Mining (3 credits)

 11 credits (Required courses)

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
EDSGN 581: Studio I (3 credits)  EDSGN 582: Studio II (3 credits)  EDSGN 595/596: Independent Study/Internship (3 credits) 
EDSGN 590: Colloquium (1 credit)  EDSGN 585: Portfolio (1 credit) EDSGN 585: Portfolio (1 credit)

M.S. Course Offerings*

12 credits in EDSGN (Choose at least 4 courses)

Fall Semester 1 Spring Semester 1 Summer Semester  
IE/EDSGN 479: Human-Centered Product and Innovation (3 credits) EDSGN 497: Additive Manufacturing 
EDSGN 547: Human Variability (3 credits)  EDSGN 548: Interaction Design 
EDSGN 558: Systems Design 
EDSGN 561: Data Mining 
Fall Semester 2  Spring Semester 2
EDSGN 497: Additive Manufacturing (3 credits) EDSGN 548: Interaction Design (3 credits)
EDSGN 547: Human Variability (3 credits) EDSGN 558: Systems Design (3 credits)
EDSGN 549: Decision-Making (3 credits) EDSGN 561: Data Mining (3 credits)

14 credits (Required courses)

Fall Semester 1 Spring Semester 1
EDSGN 581: Studio I (3 credits)  EDSGN 582: Studio II (3 credits) 
EDSGN 590: Colloquium (1 credit) 
Fall Semester 2 Spring Semester 2
EDSGN 600: Thesis Research (3 credits) EDSGN 600: Thesis Research (3 credits)
EDSGN 585: Portfolio

*Research completed throughout program. 

Elective Courses

M.Eng. Electives (9 credits)

  • EDSGN 400- and 500-level courses
  • IE 418: Human/Computer Interface Design
  • IE 460: Service Systems Engineering
  • IE 470: Manufacturing System Design and Analysis
  • IE 520: Multiple Criteria Optimization
  • IE 557: Human-in-the-Loop Simulation
  • IE 563: Computer-Aided Design for Manufacturing
  • ME 561: Structural Optimization Using Variation and Numerical Methods
  • ME 565: Optimal Design of Mechanical and Structural Systems
  • MANGT 510: Project Management
  • SYSEN 550: Creativity and Problem Solving I
  • SYSEN 555: Invention and Creative Design 
  • Other 400- and 500-level courses with approval 

M.S. Electives (6 credits)

  • EDSGN 400- and 500-level courses
  • IE 418: Human/Computer Interface Design
  • IE 460: Service Systems Engineering
  • IE 470: Manufacturing System Design and Analysis
  • IE 520: Multiple Criteria Optimization
  • IE 557: Human-in-the-Loop Simulation
  • IE 563: Computer-Aided Design for Manufacturing
  • ME 561: Structural Optimization Using Variation and Numerical Methods
  • ME 565: Optimal Design of Mechanical and Structural Systems
  • MANGT 510: Project Management
  • SYSEN 550: Creativity and Problem Solving I
  • SYSEN 555: Invention and Creative Design 
  • Other 400- and 500-level courses with approval 
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The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education 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

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952