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.
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,
and SDM). Thus
doctoral students will take different, more in-depth subjects
than those generally taken by students in the professional master’s
more resources for current
doctoral students are in the...