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Interdisciplinary Programs

Chemical engineers are critical to the progress of a wide variety of technologies. As such, interdisciplinary degrees offer students the opportunity to obtain a breadth of knowledge and unparalleled academic exposure.

The Technology and Policy Program (TPP) educates men and women for leadership on the important technological issues confronting society. Our program prepares our graduates to excel in their technical fields, and to develop and implement effective strategies for dealing with the risks and opportunities associated with those technologies. For more information, go to

The Chemical Engineering Department participates in the activities of the interdepartmental Program in Polymers and Soft Matter (PPSM).  PPSM offers a core curriculum and a doctoral qualifying examination for first-year graduate students in several departments. ChemE accepts PPSM’s doctoral qualifying process in place of the traditional departmental path to doctoral candidacy. The PPSM option facilitates an early launch into polymer-centered graduate-level study and research for those students who have made a clear commitment the field of polymers. In subsequent years PPSM students access the core graduate curriculum of the department by taking a selection of restricted elective subjects that also serve to fulfill the required graduate minor in PPSM. More detailed information on the program and its application procedures are available on the PPSM website or through the office of PPSM Director Bradley D. Olsen, For more information, please visit:

MIT Interdisciplinary Programs