Offering a powerful combination of state-of-the-art design, business, and engineering methodologies, the IDM curriculum is:

  • taught by MIT faculty who provide in-depth instruction on the product development/product design process;
  • supplemented with lectures by successful entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, and thought leaders, who will share their experience, insight, and expertise; and
  • enhanced by IDM students, as they learn to present their concepts, rationale, and solutions professionally, while retaining and expressing their personal interests and passions.

ID Lab Schedule

IDM-required activities (2 days/week):

  • Faculty lecture on topic of the day
  • Design workshop, focused on ”making”
  • Team project work
  • Guest lecture

Other degree requirements (3 days/week):

1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00 4:30 5:00 5:30 6:00 6:30 7:00
Lecture Workshop Team Time / Project Work Seminar


  • Opportunity Identification
  • User Needs Research
  • User Experience
  • Product Specifications
  • Creative Concept Gen
  • Industrial Design
  • Concept Selection
  • Prototyping Strategy
  • PDD Economics
  • Environ Sustainability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Product Architecture
  • Manufacturing
  • Design Leadership
  • Risk Management


  • Hand Tools
  • Power tools
  • Machine Tools
  • 3D Printing
  • Composites
  • Laminates and Forming
  • Sketch Modeling
  • Hard Modelling
  • CNC
  • UI / UX Wireframes
  • Thermoforming
  • Mold Making & Casting


  • Practice product and business development using Lecture topics as process structure.
  • Real-time feedback from faculty via Informal design reviews.
  • Team buliding, brainstorming, strategy.
  • Engage Users – Perform interviews, observation, needs list, personas, image boards.
  • Generate Concepts – Sketching, modelling, rendering, wireframes, storyboard
  • Test – Functional, market, business model, selection techniques.
  • Small-batch manufacturing.
  • Formal Design Reviews.


  • Entrepreneurs
  • Designers
  • Engineers
  • Practioners
  • Thought Leaders

IDM Projects

  • Student-generated or industry-sponsored project topics can be tangible, three-dimensional hardware products, software or web-based products that can offer social or societal solutions. Major projects will lead to thesis topics, with the intent of business launch.
  • IDM partners have a dedicated, ongoing collaboration with the program. They are welcome to spend time in the ID Lab, attend design reviews, mentor students, and bring real-world perspectives. IDM partners are encouraged to partner, license, or invest in any projects in which they see potential.

MS Requirements

  • IDM Core with ID Lab: 36 units (required)
  • Management and engineering foundations: 12+ units each (required)
  • Engineering and design electives: 15+ units (required)
  • Management and leadership electives: 15+ units (required)
  • Internship (optional)
  • Consulting (optional)
  • Thesis: 24 units (required)

IDM Curriculum Outline

IDM Core 36 units Provide an integrated view of design, engineering and managing the development of complex products, services, experiences, business models, social initiatives, and systems. No Substitutions
EM.xx Integrated Product Development Lab I
EM.xx Integrated Product Development Lab II
Management Foundations 12 units † Foundation for a management specialty, to be complemented and expanded through elective choices.
15.912 Strategic Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (6)
15.521 Management Accounting and Control (9)
15.761 Introduction to Operations Management (9)
15.810 Marketing Management (9)
Management and Leadership Electives 15 units * Elective knowledge to build upon your management foundation course(s). Can also be a second management or leadership specialty.
15.317 Leadership and Organizational Change (TBA)
15.318 Discovering Your Leadership Signature (9)
15.356 Product and Service Development in the Internet Age (6)
15.871/872 System Dynamics I & II (6/6)
15.515/516 Financial Accounting (9/12)
15.900 Competitive Strategy (9)
15.571 Business Strategy and the Role of IT (9)
15.821/822 Listening to the Customer / Strategic Market Measurement (6/6)
15.834 Marketing Strategy (9)
15.769 Operations Strategy (9)
15.762/763 Manufacturing System and Supply Chain Design (6/6)
15.913 Strategies for Sustainable Business (6)
15.910/911 Innovation / Entrepreneurial Strategy (6/6)
Engineering Foundations 12 units † Provide the basic building blocks for engineering at the system level to prepare for application areas.
16.862 Engineering Risk-Benefit Analysis (12)
1.146/16.861 Engineering Systems Analysis for Design (12)
16.470J Statistical Methods in Experimental Design (12)
6.431 Applied Probability (12)
16.888J Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization (12)
Engineering and Design Electives 15 units * Electives detailing how the basic math and engineering foundations are applied in a variety of application domains.
2.739/15.783 Product Design and Development (12)
2.744 Product Design (12)
2.810 Manufacturing Processes and Systems (12)
2.782 Design of Medical Devices and Implants (12)
2.99x Independent Study Design Project (TBA)
2.83 Energy, Materials, and Manufacturing (12)
6.434 Statistics for Engineers and Scientists (12)
16.863 System Safety Concepts (12)
16.355 Concepts in the Engineering of Software (12)
16.855 Enterprise Architecting (12
1.125 Architecting & Engineering Software Systems (12)
1.151 Probability and Statistics in Engineering (12)
Workshop Sessions 0 units Non-credit workshops/seminars covering applicable topics important to MIT and SDM.
Leadership Workshop
Thesis Seminar(s)
Professional Communication
Academic Standards
Masters Thesis 24 units Thesis research and writing; normally spread over 2 semesters. Registration requires an approved thesis proposal.
Master of Science Thesis in Engineering and Management (24)
Course descriptions and details are available via the MIT Registrar.

Minimum of 90 subject units + 24 thesis units
† 12 or more units of of fundamental subjects in both management and engineering
* 30 units minimum of elective subjects, balanced between engineering:management. Additional elective units may be taken in one category or the other, with a difference of no more than 12 units between engineering:management by the time the student completes the program.

Credits toward degree are earned in graded classes. Pass/D/Fail courses will not be counted towards degree requirements, but Pass/D/Fail units may be subject to the engineering:management balancing requirement mentioned above.

Credit will be allowed for courses in which a C or D grade is earned, but students must have a 4.0 cumulative grade point average or above to graduate. Students are expected to maintain a 4.0 cumulative grade point average or above throughout the program. Consecutive semesters with a cumulative grade point below 4.0 may result in a student’s being denied the opportunity to register for the subsequent term.

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