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Technology and Policy Programme

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) · Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Entry requirements

We strive to recruit a diverse class of students to the Technology and Policy Program. We seek students who are interested in combining a mastery of a specific technological domain (energy, environment, computation, transportation, aerospace, etc.) with rigorous applied social science (economics, political science, management, law, etc.).

Applicants to the Technology and Policy Program are expected to have sufficient background to excel in advanced subjects in engineering, data analysis, statistics, economics, political science, and management, as well as to complete a research thesis that contributes to the field of technology policy. When admitting students, we look for:

  • Academic excellence,
  • Interest in technology policy, and
  • Capacity for technology policy leadership.

Practical experience in understanding how technology issues are applied in real-world contexts is important to students’ success in the program. Generally, successful applicants have previous work or internship experience in government, nonprofit, or industry sectors.

We are particularly interested in hearing about the goals and career plans of applicants through their personal statements, and how TPP will fulfill their objectives.

Most (but not all) successful candidates have one or more years of work experience after their undergraduate degree. In recent years roughly half of the incoming students have undergraduate degrees from North America, and the other half from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Months of entry


Course content

IDSS hosts the Technology and Policy Program (TPP), which has offered the Master of Science in Technology and Policy at MIT since 1976.

TPP’s ongoing mission is to develop leaders who can create, refine, and implement responsible policies that are informed not only by an understanding of technology and its instruments, but also by their broad social contexts. Through our two-year Master of Science Program, we prepare students for leadership in government and industry. Degree components include graduate-level coursework in engineering, policy, economics and law, and an interdisciplinary thesis focused on a technology policy issue.

Combining a core in science and engineering with studies in applied social sciences, TPP’s curriculum imparts strength in both a technical field and in the policy process. The Master of Science in Technology and Policy is an engineering research degree with a focus on the increasingly central role of technology in the framing, formulation, and resolution of policy problems.

Fees and funding

British citizens who are – or will be – graduates of British universities should check out Kennedy Scholarships.

These awards offer full tuition and health insurance coverage and a generous stipend towards living expenses, which is means-tested. They are offered annually in competition.

Please note that you will need to submit your application to the scholarship ahead of the deadline for your MIT application. Kennedy Scholarship applications are to be made online via the website between mid-August and late-October in the same application season as you will submit your application to MIT. Please also note it is totally separate from, and independent of, admission to the program.

Awards made at interview in London in January are provisional, pending confirmation of a place on the course.

See the website for full information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Administrative Assistant TPP
001 617.258.7295