Student Projects

Rigorous theory combined with practical experience adds up to make WPI's approach to learning unique among higher education institutions.

Great Problems Seminars

At WPI we believe that the best way to learn is by doing. That’s why WPI students are engaged in project work from the day they arrive on campus. First-year WPI students begin tackling some of the world's most pressing problems through the Great Problems Seminars. Learn more...

Interactive Qualifying Project

The Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) has been called the most innovative element of WPI's undergraduate curriculum. It requires students to work in teams to find solutions to societal problems using science and technology. It's challenging, rewarding‒and life changing. Learn more...

Major Qualifying Project

The Major Qualifying Project (MQP) is a professional-level design or research experience completed by every WPI undergraduate. Generally undertaken in teams, this capstone project is an integral element of WPI's project-enriched education, which offers exceptional preparation for successful and rewarding lives and careers. Learn more...  

“Fidelity never would have even looked at my resume if I didn’t have this amazing opportunity to do a MQP for them as an undergrad. I owe my career here to WPI; the professors, and the whole approach to learning."
Marisa Siegel, BS ’08

Graduate Qualifying Projects (MBA only)

Working in groups of four or five students, each team delivers a professional-quality report, an oral presentation, and an executive summary of the project. Expectations are high, as clients pay for the work and expect a substantial return on their investment. Many students many later receive job offers from the companies that sponsored their projects. It's the applied learning that gets results for the client and the student. Learn more...