The Projects Program

A Chance to Solve the World’s Most Challenging Problems

Our project-enriched curriculum is one of the most innovative aspects of a WPI education. Working within research teams, you’ll find solutions to real-world problems; explore works of art, music, or literature; and fuse textbook knowledge with your own unique genius to create something exclusively your own.

Through this unique learning environment, you’ll build a portfolio of experiences that will be yours alone. And you’ll emerge as a well-rounded, confident, socially aware, globally focused leader. You’ll be ready and able to take on the world and address its needs, which will make you a more attractive applicant to graduate schools, professional schools, or potential employers.

The majority of WPI students will complete the following four formal projects:

Great Problems Seminars
WPI believes the best way to learn is by doing–right from the start. First-year students begin tackling some of the world's most pressing issues through the Great Problems Seminars. Learn more... 

Humanities & Arts
The Humanities and Arts requirement prepares students to be well-rounded contributors to society, more compelling applicants to graduate and professional schools, and more well-versed professionals. Learn more...

Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP)
The IQP requires students to work in teams to find solutions to societal problems using science and technology. It's challenging, rewarding, and often times, life changing. Learn more...

Major Qualifying Project (MQP)
The (MQP) is completed by every undergraduate. Generally undertaken in teams, this capstone project is an integral element of WPI's education. MQPs are high-level research projects that address problems typical of those found in the student's professional discipline, and as such are coordinated through the student’s academic department. Learn more...