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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
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||52-72|
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate innovative abilities, including user-centered design thinking, diagnosing problems and developing opportunities for new products and services.
- Develop a business idea and the ability to navigate the entrepreneurial process from pre-venture and start-up to growth.
- Explain how to implement an innovative culture for business growth. Solve a specific problem by selecting appropriate data structures and algorithms and customize them to the problem.
- Interpret new APIs and use them in developing computer applications.
- Implement systems that run across several distributed computers.
- Deconstruct problems using techniques from functional and object-oriented programming.
No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.
|CSC 401||INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING||4|
|CSC 402||DATA STRUCTURES I||4|
|CSC 403||DATA STRUCTURES II||4|
|CSC 406||SYSTEMS I||4|
|CSC 407||SYSTEMS II||4|
Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:
- The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
- The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
- If an exam is available, the student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.
|CSC 435||DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS I||4|
|CSC 447||CONCEPTS OF PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES||4|
|MGT 500||MANAGING FOR EFFECTIVE AND ETHICAL ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR||4|
|MGT 573||CREATIVITY, INNOVATION & DESIGN||4|
|or MGT 590||MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE|
|MGT 598||PROJECT MANAGEMENT||4|
Computing Elective Courses
|Select four of the following:||16|
|FRAMEWORK FOR WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT|
or SE 452
|OBJECT-ORIENTED ENTERPRISE COMPUTING|
|MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT FOR IOS|
|MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT FOR IOS II|
|MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT FOR ANDROID|
|MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT FOR ANDROID II|
|CONTINUOUS DELIVERY AND DevOps|
Select one graduate course 1
Students may choose one (1) graduate course beyond the Introductory level from the following subjects as one of the four Computing Electives: GPH, CSC, CNS, DSC, ECT, GAM, HIT, HCI, IS, IT, PM, SE, or TDC.
Management Elective Courses
|Select three of the following:||12|
|CHANGE MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTING|
|LEGAL ASPECTS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP|
|ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND NEW VENTURE MANAGEMENT|
|CREATIVITY, INNOVATION & DESIGN (if not taken above)|
|MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE (if not taken above)|
|EXECUTIVE COACHING: LEADERSHIP IN A VOLATILE, UNCERTAIN, CHAOTIC AND AMBIGUOUS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT|
|SPECIAL TOPICS 1|
|DECISIONS IN MARKETING MANAGEMENT|
|EFFECTIVE BUSINESS COMMUNICATION|
Students must take only sections of MGT 798 where the topic is related to Entrepreneurship or Innovation.
|IS 580||TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP||4|