Master of Science in Sports Product Design

Degree Requirements | Required Courses | Partners

Degree Overview

Sports Product Design at the UO in Portland

Sports Product Design is the creation of innovative sports product through research and design. It is a focused experience in research, ideation, materials, creation, development, production, and validation specific to sport products. The master of science in sports product design prepares designers to be key members and leaders of multidisciplinary development teams within the more than 800 sports product companies located in Oregon and beyond. The degree also focuses on innovation methodology, athletic performance, sustainability, and sports product marketing and branding.

The Department of Product Design has included the design of sports gear in their curriculum since the program started in 2008; winning their first national student design award for their Oregon Manifest bicycle design and prototype. The department has also pioneered adaptive products, while working in partnership with local athletes to manifest their full sports potential.

Entering students equipped with conceptual problem-solving abilities, knowledge of materials and production, strategies for emotional product resonance and relevance, and entrepreneurial skills will have their designer’s toolboxes enhanced with a deep, specific study of sports product methods, tools and technologies, human physiology, biomechanics, and perception.

The University of Oregon's sports product design master's degree program is developing the next generation of innovative designers to inspire athletes around the world to play harder, run faster, and push the boundaries of the sport. Students who graduate from this program will be capable of making strong contributions to the sports design culture of Oregon and the world at large.


Degree Requirements (60 Credits)

The curriculum requires:

  • 42 credits in sports product design
  • 12 credits from sports product management, human physiology, and journalism and communication
  • 6 credits minimum of electives from accounting, journalism, and management. Courses can be taken at PSU through the joint campus agreement.

Required Courses

Courses in Sports Product Design

42 Credits Total

SPD 684 Sports Product Design Research Methodology and Innovation Process Studio

6 Credits

SPD 650 Sports Product Materials and Manufacturing

3 Credits

SPD 685 Product Design Studio I

6 Credits

SPD 686 Product Design Studio II

6 Credits

SPD 687 Product Design Studio III

6 Credits

SPD 688 Sports Product Design Innovative Project Strategy Development Studio

6 Credits

SPD 689 Collaborative Creation and Launch Studio

9 Credits

Courses from sports product management, human physiology, and journalism and communication

12 Credits Total

HPHY 610 Human Biomechanics

2 Credits

SBUS 645 Sports Product

3 Credits

HPHY 631 (610) Human Performance and Sports Products

3 Credits

J 626 Strategic Marketing Communication (may substitute J621 or J616, if J626 not available)

4 Credits


6 Credits Total

ACTG 662 Strategic Cost Management
4 Credits

J 616 Introduction to Strategic Communication Marketing

4 Credits

J 621 Foundations of Strategic Communication

4 Credits

J 624 Strategic Communication

2 Credits

MGMT 614 Strategic Management

3 Credits

MGMT 625 New Venture Planning

3 Credits

MGMT 641 Industrial Ecology

3 Credits

PD 410 Soft Goods Theory and PD 410 3D CAD are skill building courses that students may need to take in preparation for studios. Discuss these courses with your advisor.*
*Master of Science students in the Sports Product Design Program at UO will be assigned a faculty advisor when they start their first term in the program.

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Industry partners for sports product design provide special opportunities for students. They fulfill a number of critical roles as part of our dynamic learning environment. Some of the ways we engage our industry partners include having them serve as instructors, advisors, guest reviewers, lecturers, and mentors for students. Here are some of our partners.

Columbia logo
Nike logo
Under Armour logo
Adidas logo
Modo logo
Logitech logo
Intel logo
Marvell logo
Ziba logo
Evolve logo
Sigma logo
Fuse logo
Ticycles logo
Oregon Disability Sports
Terrazign logo
Wild Canyon Games logo
Gerber logo
Leatherman logo
Yakima logo
Pendleton logo
Wilsonart logo
Groovystuff logo
Bamboo Revolution logo
Light Beam logo
Kingsford logo
EWEB logo
Oregon Pattern & Foundry
Sky logo
Aprovecho logo
BT Biotech logo
BLK LDG logo

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