Learning starts in the classroom, but impact starts out in the world. As part of the WPI Plan, our students engage in hands-on, real-world project work at the heart of theory and practice. Two projects in particular, the Major and Interactive Qualifying Projects, are a chance for students to drive social impact firsthand.
Learn more about project-based learning at WPI.
Major Qualifying Project (MQP)
Every undergraduate student at WPI completes a Major Qualifying Project (MQP)—a high-level, often team-based, senior research capstone. As an integral element of WPI’s project-based learning plan, the MQP offers students advanced and invaluable experience in their field as they prepare to enter the job market or apply to graduate school. After rigorous work and a substantial time commitment, the MQP culminates with a published project report and formal presentation on the campus-wide “Project Presentation Day” in the spring.
Featured SSPS MQPs
Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP)
Generally completed in a student’s junior year, the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) is a chance for students to work on interdisciplinary teams and address community challenges at the intersection of STEM and society. Most IQPs are completed abroad through the Global Projects Program at one of WPI’s 50+ project centers across the globe, though IQP opportunities are also available on-campus and in local communities.
Qualifying Projects for Double Majors
Students double majoring in SSPS and another degree must complete an MQP for each major; however, these students are not required to complete a separate IQP as a university requirement. See Resources for more information about SSPS double majors.
Looking for an MQP or IQP?
Have a specific project idea in mind? Reach out to our SSPS faculty to find an advisor and get your idea off the ground. You can also find and propose MQPs through WPI’s MQP search on eProjects. Proposed IQP opportunities can be found through the eProjects database.
For instructions on registering for MQPs and IQPs, see the Registrar.