WPI students are eager to learn, and are quick to use the skills they’ve been taught in the classroom to work effectively in teams and think creatively to come up with real solutions to real problems.

Our unique approach to education, known as the WPI Plan, requires students to immerse themselves in hands-on coursework from day one. Because they undertake significant project work during each of their four years of study, they’re prepared to collaborate with their peers and have the skills and confidence to dive right into the workplace after graduation.

Project Based Learning

Students solve real-world problems and perform meaningful research from their first days on campus.  Undergraduates complete at least two substantive term-long projects, focused on solving real problems in a team.  At the same time, graduate students are breaking ground on cutting-edge research in state-of-the-art campus laboratories and centers. 

Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP)
  • Small teams of students from different majors address a specific problem for a sponsoring agency that connects science and technology with social issues and human need - oftentimes completed off campus at a global project center.
Major Qualifying Project (MQP)
  • Through this capstone research experience, students prove their ability to translate theory into practice in their major field.  They define a problem, immerse themselves in understanding every aspect, and develop a novel solution. These projects are often sponsored by industry partners. 

Sponsor a Major Qualifying Project

Employers are encouraged to sponsor student projects to get an up-close view of our students’ work and professional competency, as well as make connections with the rest of the student body. To learn more, contact the Director of Corporate Relations at 508-831- 5260.

WPI Fact Book

Learn more about the statistical profile of WPI and its graduate and undergraduate student bodies, including information on academic programs, faculty, and graduation requirements.

Outcomes & Salary Data

Nearly 93% of graduates (bachelor’s, master’s and PhD) from WPI’s class of 2016 were successful in securing employment, admission to graduate or professional school, military service or volunteer work (Peace Corps, City Year, etc.) six months after graduation – a remarkable success rate based on data from almost 92% of the class.


reported a positive impact on functional teamwork due to project experiences. 

2012 UMass Donahue Institute Alumni Survey
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U.S. News & World Report (2016)

undergraduate students


of students complete at least one project off campus