Technology and Policy Program
TPP addresses societal challenges through research and education at the intersection of technology and policy. Our goal is to mobilize science and engineering to inform intelligent, responsible strategies and policies to benefit communities from local to global.
The Technology and Policy Program (TPP) prepares and educates leaders to address important technological issues confronting society.
Through our two-year Master of Science Program, we prepare students for leadership in government and industry. Degree requirements include graduate-level coursework in engineering, policy, economics and law, and an interdisciplinary thesis focused on a technology policy issue.
TPP students interested in continuing their academic careers at the doctoral level have continued their research in PhD programs across the Institute. Of particular relevance is the IDSS PhD Program in Social and Engineering Systems. About 5-6 advanced graduate students per year have typically entered the PhD programs at MIT. These doctoral graduates work in academia, industry, and government.
TPP is directed by Associate Professor Noelle Selin, who has a joint appointment with the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS), and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). TPP’s Founding Chairman is Professor Richard de Neufville.
The MIT Technology and Policy Program is part of a significant development in engineering education. Comparable programs are Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, Systems Engineering and Policy Analysis at the Delft University of Technology, and Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.