The Master of Science in Product Innovation and Computing is a joint master’s degree offered by the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business (KGSB) and the College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM). This degree incorporates innovation, entrepreneurship and computer science, allowing students to recognize broader technology-related issues involving new ventures and the business constraints affecting technology.
Students gain an understanding of the entrepreneurial process, from conceptualizing an idea, conducting market and industry research, and testing venture-related technology, to acquiring and allocating resources and preparing an entrepreneurial growth strategy. Students learn about the drivers of innovation, including user design experience and solutions prototyping. Students also practice and apply problem-solving skills to contemporary challenges and opportunities.
Graduates will be prepared to start their own businesses, work in companies that build mobile apps and other technology-based products and services, or apply their skills in traditional organizations that are developing technologies for their products/services.
Multidisciplinary approach. This joint degree draws on the strengths of two DePaul colleges: the College of Computing and Digital Media, which graduates more master’s-level computer science majors than any other university in the Chicago area, and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, which supports a pioneering entrepreneurship program consistently recognized among the 25 best in the nation by the Princeton Review.
Experienced, student-focused faculty. The program’s faculty blends industry expertise and academic excellence. They bring real-world pragmatism and industry-proven tools, techniques and practices to their courses. At the same time, they encourage creativity and the free exchange of ideas; give students immediate and ongoing feedback on their progress; and provide the one-on-one mentoring so important to student professional development.
Hands-on, team-based learning. Students have the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary teams to transform a business opportunity into a viable product.
Access to entrepreneur resources. Students can leverage the resources of DePaul’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and its partnerships with Chicago’s 1871 and 2112 business incubators to gain real-world experience and connect with the city’s network of tech entrepreneurs.
Online learning. Everything in the classroom (from audio and video to whiteboard writing and the professor’s supplemental materials) is captured and available online. All CDM courses within this degree and a number of courses offered by Kellstadt can be completed online.
• Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
• Bachelor’s degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
• Test of English Proficiency for international students