Major Qualifying Project

This high-level research project is conducted and completed in the student's major field—such as Materials Science & Engineering. Through the Major Qualifying Project (MQP), WPI students have the opportunity to experience the kind of real-world problem solving that will soon characterize their professional careers. With an MQP on their resume, WPI students have a leg up on the competition when it comes to launching careers or gaining admission to the best graduate schools.

The MQP involves problems typical of those found in the student's professional discipline and addresses challenging research issues. These qualifying projects are far from trivial; each requires a substantial part of an academic year, culminating in a project report and poster on Project Presentation Day.