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The innovative MS in System Dynamics and Innovation Management program at WPI is for anyone passionate about combining system dynamics with business innovation. This joint-degree program is granted by the Social Science and Policy Studies Department and the Business School.

If you’re passionate about uncovering the right answer and making long-lasting positive change in an organization, this degree program will fill that need. Using system dynamics to recognize specific issues and identify the roots of a problem in an organization, students learn how to fix true problems and not just manage symptoms.

Students perform cutting-edge research alongside veteran faculty and industry leaders while immersing themselves in mastering the field’s essential computational models. Students may also consider a BS/MS option to complete the degree option in an accelerated time.

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Curriculum

The program’s flexible coursework provides many opportunities for project work where you can apply system dynamics and innovation management tactics to solve real problems and uncover the underlying challenges in organizations.

Classes are online or on campus and both offer interactive connections with faculty, peers, and industry leaders. Students take electives, classes from the Social Science and Policy Studies Department and the Business School to blend theory and practice and decide on a track that includes either a capstone Graduate Qualifying Project or a research- or development-based thesis. 

Research

The program lets you choose a research-based thesis project where you work alongside practicing faculty renowned for their system dynamics and management expertise or a capstone project where you explore your interests with more course work and a smaller scale hands-on research project.

System Dynamics and Innovation Management graduates will master the tools and skills necessary for understanding complex structures and challenges and the experience to make a difference.

Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Bengisu  Tulu

Bengisu Tulu

Professor-Business

I enjoy teaching because it allows me to interact with students who have the potential to make the world a better place using technology. I continually innovate in my courses to ensure students enjoy the learning experience, learn the key concepts and skills related to information systems through real world examples, have an opportunity to learn from each other, learn to present themselves as professionals, and most importantly learn to use or develop technology to make a difference.

Khalid  Saeed

Khalid Saeed

Professor

Khalid Saeed is widely recognized for his work on the interface of economics and system dynamics. He has published two books and numerous articles on a variety of methodological, developmental and management agendas including sustainable agriculture, poverty alleviation, political instability, supply chain management and system dynamics modeling. His current focus is on operationalization of economic policy so it can be implemented through available managerial roles.

Michael B. Elmes

Michael B. Elmes

Professor

Since arriving at WPI in 1990, I have had the great pleasure of teaching a variety of organization studies undergraduate and graduate courses, engaging in organization studies research and theory development, and offering service to the university, the Business School, and my field. With respect to teaching, I have framed my role in the classroom as helping technically-minded students become more cognizant and mindful of themselves and of the human and behavioral dimensions of organization life.

Michael J. Radzicki

Michael Radzicki

Associate Professor

Professor Radzicki is an economist, creator of WPI’s program in system dynamics, and co-creator of WPI’s program in trading and investment system development. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame and his training in system dynamics computer simulation modeling from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he is a certified Rapid-I Predictive Analytics Analyst.