The Master of Science in Technology and Policy is an engineering research degree with a strong focus on the role of technology in policy formulation, analysis, and evaluation. The Technology and Policy Program (TPP) curriculum provides a solid grounding in technology and policy by combining advanced subjects in a student's chosen technical field with courses in economics, politics, and law, and by requiring completion of a research thesis. To prepare participants for effective professional practice, TPP stresses effective leadership and communication. It also encourages students to participate in TPP's summer internship program, which places students in government and industry in the United States and around the world.
Many students combine the TPP curriculum with complementary subjects to obtain dual degrees in TPP and either a specialized branch of engineering or an applied social science such as political science or urban studies and planning.