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 Foisie 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 Foisie 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

Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Bengisu Tulu

Associate Professor
Foisie Business School

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

Professor
Social Science

Khalid Saeed is professor of economics and system dynamics. Widely recognized for his work on computer modeling and experimental analysis of developmental, organizational, and governance-related issues, he has written two books and numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of developmental and management agendas, including sustainable economic development, infrastructure planning, political economy, supply chain management, and system dynamics modeling.

Michael B. Elmes

Professor
Foisie Business School

Since arriving at WPI in 1990, I have framed my role in the classroom as helping technically-minded students to become more cognizant and mindful of the complex human and behavioral dimensions of life in organizations. I have done this in a variety of ways from experiential exercises to digital storytelling to classroom-as-organization designs.

Michael Radzicki

Associate Professor
Social Science

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.

Getting Involved

Getting Involved

Students may take advantage of all WPI has to offer graduate students. A vibrant Graduate Student Government coordinates activities and events and also helps promote graduate concerns or issues. Students with system dynamics interests may join the weekly Collective Learning Meetings, the System Dynamics Club, or the student chapter of the System Dynamics Society.

Students walking around the fountain in the springtime

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