The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Socio-Technical Systems is the first and currently the only such degree in the United States that trains those seeking to study new systems-centric paradigms for the 21st century. Through the program, the School of Systems & Enterprises seeks to create a cadre of forward-thinking, entrepreneurial scholars whose research interests and undertakings are tightly coupled with real-world needs and practices in areas such as energy, finance, healthcare, social networks and urban science. The Ph.D. in Socio-Technical Systems is similar to Ph.D. in Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Master of Science in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Melon University.
The crux of the program is understanding and developing 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 the evolving system/enterprise). The curriculum is built around qualitative training that addresses social and governance phenomena and the challenges specific to socio-technical systems as well as complementary quantitative training that teaches students to technically analyze the shifting and uncertain nature of enterprises. Students can expect to take an interdisciplinary blend of courses in financial engineering, enterprise science, and systems engineering.
The doctoral degree consists of 54 credits post-master’s with a minimum of 15 research credits.