The first and currently the only such degree in the United States, the Doctor of Philosophy in socio-technical systems trains scholars and visionaries seeking to explore new systems-centric paradigms for the 21st century.
The goal of the program is to create a cadre of highly capable and entrepreneurial scholars whose research interests and contributions are tightly coupled with real-world needs and practices in areas such as energy, finance, health care, social networks and urban science. Similar programs include: the engineering systems doctoral degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the engineering and public policy program at Carnegie Melon University.
The focus of the program is for students to understand and develop solutions for problems involving systems and enterprises that are socio-technical in nature i.e. including the human element in understanding the qualitative and quantitative process of evolving the enterprise/system. The qualitative knowledge delivered by the curriculum addresses social and governance phenomena, and challenges particular to socio-technical systems. The quantitative aspect complements the program with the skills to technically analyze the evolving and uncertain nature of enterprises.
The program provides an interdisciplinary blend of courses in systems engineering, financial engineering and enterprise science.
The doctoral program in socio-technical systems consists of 54 credits post master’s with a minimum of 15 research credits.