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.
ESD doctoral research programs conduct original and generalizable
scholarship on complex engineered systems in order to advance
theory, policy, or practice.
The main objective of the ESD PhD program is to
prepare colleagues who can seed engineering schools with the integrative
ideas of engineering systems. 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
Doctoral 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, the professional Master’s degrees sponsored
by or associated with ESD (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...