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One of the first of its kind, the Master of Product Innovation degree at Virginia Commonwealth University's da Vinci Center for Innovation is a program designed for the unique demands of today's innovation landscape.
Integrating arts, business and engineering principles, students in the Master of Product Innovation learn advanced product innovation and entrepreneurship topics pertaining to conceptualization, development, and commercialization of new products and services. Unique instruction and team-based experiential learning opportunities culminate in a master’s project where students develop a real product, build a business, and take the next leap into their professional careers. The program emphasizes product innovation and teamwork skills so that graduates can take on key leadership roles that stimulate the creation, development and management of new products and businesses.
The da Vinci Center's programs are cross-disciplinary and applied. Students from design, business, engineering, humanities, and sciences come together to learn the strengths of each others disciplines and hone their skills through work on applied projects. These projects allow students to engage directly in product innovation for Fortune 500 companies and with cutting edge startups. The result is a master's degree for the 21st Century - one that is agile, forward looking, and grounded enough to take the risks required to produce the innovators and leaders for the future of business and industry.
Tuition price for a 13-month, full-time student:
*rate is based on full-time enrollment and does not include fees; fees will vary per student
The MPI requires a minimum of 30-33 credit hours across a prescribed 13-month, 18-month or 2 year (part time) program. The course schedule below describes the 13 month option. Other timelines can be discussed with our advisor, Mary-Chris Escober.
The provost has canceled all study abroad trips for 2020 and EIA has made their announcement to cancel the Portugal event to their academic partners. To ensure all students starting in summer 2020 will be able to finish the MPI program in 13 months (if desired), we will offer an alternative version of INNO 600. We are working with Dr. Joy Polefrone on new curriculum for you to complete the INNO 600 requirement during the same 3 weeks in July (July 13th-31st) as EIA was intended to be held. We are looking at online and in-person options to prepare for the unknown. The hope is to host this course in-person. More news to come as we have more information.
Any student who wishes to complete INNO 600 this summer will also be given the option to attend EIA in Portugal in summer 2021. We will still cover accommodations and the entry fee for EIA for any MPI who wishes to attend. Please note that if you select this option, you will extend your time in the program and complete the second half of your capstone in Fall 2021. The rigor necessary to complete EIA does not allow time to complete both EIA and the INNO 652 capstone (6 credits) during one summer.
Summer Electives (optional)
As it stands now, the da Vinci Center plans to launch 4-5, 1 credit, graduate electives starting in the first week of June. These are 1 week intensive courses offered from 5:30-9:30pm to accommodate students who work full time. They are built to move quickly and prepare you for the program ahead, but are optional. You will have time to complete other electives while in the program, but these da Vinci elective courses will only be offered in the summer. We are currently discussing which courses are capable of online delivery, given the uncertainty of when we will return campus. As of right now, these are the courses we have planned:
During the fall semester, full time students will enroll in at least two of the three introductory courses, as well as a product development with a project proposed by an external sponsor:
During the remainder of the program, full time students will focus on their masters capstone project. The first half focuses on the development of a product or service with the goal of forming a real venture or advancing an existing business. The capstone project will be under the direction of faculty advisers and mentors and will conclude in the following summer or fall semester. Concurrently, students will complete at least one additional technical elective.
SUMMER or FALL 2021
The second half of the masters capstone is determined by the level of success in INNO 651, as well as the direction chosen by each student. Students may elect a number of options to complete their capstone under the direction of faculty advisors and mentors. Some options may include: personal business development, product management internships, or a traditional masters essay on innovation and entrepreneurship topics.
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION TO THE VCU GRADUATE SCHOOL:
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION TO THE MPI PROGRAM:
THE FOLLOWING AREA-SPECIFIC APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS APPLY:
At the time of application, an applicant determines their method of application according to the area of specialization best related to their background: arts, business, engineering or humanities & sciences.
For further information, contact Mary-Chris Escobar, Assistant Director of Academic & Experiential Prograrms, at email@example.com.
To apply, please go to the VCU Graduate School admissions website.