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Context: The Engineering Systems Division (ESD) at MIT is helping to pioneer engineering systems as a new field of study – designed to transform engineering education and practice.

Mission: The main goal of the ESD PhD Program is to prepare researchers and practitioners with the integrative tools, techniques, and approaches necessary to understand, evaluate, and address sociotechnical systems in their full complexity.

Our alumni whether working in academia, government, the private sector, or public service have found the rigorous and individualized program to provide the foundation for challenging careers.

The ESD PhD program is residential. Doctoral students share courses and seminars as a means to establish a common intellectual basis and collegial community. Students must satisfy a distributional requirement, prepare a program of in-depth courses, and pass the General Exams. Students work with the faculty and committees to focus their preparation and research into the areas that are most productive for them, leading to a dissertation advancing the field of engineering systems.

Each student’s doctoral program requires research capabilities at the forefront of the field of engineering systems. These represent a kind of education distinct from, although not incompatible with, ESD's professional master’s degrees (LGO, SCM, and SDM). Thus doctoral students will take different, more in-depth subjects than those generally taken by students in the professional master’s programs.

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