Socio-Technical Systems

Why Study Socio-Technical Systems?

Socio-technical systems are complex large-scale technology-intensive systems with a large number of stakeholders, where technological complexity and social complexity need to be tackled in an integrated fashion. Examples include the internet (and its problems of security, privacy and design), urban, regional and global transportation systems, regional and national power grids, telecommunication networks, the global financial system, environmental systems, national healthcare systems, cities and other large-scale projects with significant societal impact. 

The Master of Science in Socio-Technical Systems at Stevens provides students with the ability to analyze and model such systems, design policies and strategies for their sustainable management and propose ways for their continuous improvement. This highly interdisciplinary program is primarily a research degree preparing students for Ph.D. programs in socio-technical systems, public policy, strategic management, engineering management, financial engineering and other related disciplines. The program is also suitable for decision-makers, managers and planners of complex large-scale systems. Leveraging insights from systems thinking, complexity science, management, public policy, economics and modeling and simulation, the program allows students to acquire the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to engage some of the most complex issues facing humanity today.

Message from Program Lead

The socio-technical systems program provides our students with the ability to tackle the most complex challenges faced by humanity in the 21st century. Complementing the academic program, are our strong research programs in the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) and the Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises (CCSE). Our goal is to make this program into one of the top programs focusing on socio-technical systems globally and we invite students with exceptional intellectual and analytical strength to join the ranks of our master’s and doctoral students.

Professor Ralph Giffin, Vice Provost, Strategic Initiatives Director and Program Lead (A)


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