Curricular structure and thesis - see +
The program has a very strong research orientation, with students beginning their research soon after they enter the program. It is our objective that research undertaken in fulfillment of the requirements of the program will make a fundamental and generalizable contribution toward the definition, understanding, and solution of any issues in technology and policy.
The program develops a strong set of research skills, while applying them through direct experience and practice. Having this in mind, the curricular structure offers a set of common core courses establishing the foundation and developing the main theoretical and methodological pillars for engineering and public policy, while offering the flexibility that allows students to select optional courses and pursue studies that are determined by the focus of their research.
All students pursuing an EPP PhD must take a minimum of graduate core courses, including themes of Science, Technology and Policy Analysis, Industrial Policy, and Research Methods. These courses include a minimum number of technical units in graduate statistics and a minimum number of units of courses in social science, such as micro-economics. The curricular structure allows configuring the course to the interests and the needs of the students and to the problem areas in which their research work will focus.
Also, all students must do at least a semester of teaching practicum.
In addition, students need to perform a "Research Seminar" in the form of "qualification" (or "qualifiers"), consisting of a course oriented towards writing a research paper. It should refer to an independent research paper, researched and written over the first two semesters, an oral presentation of the paper and oral questions and answers on general topics. The research is often conducted as part of a multi-faculty and multi-student team, and the paper will become the first of the publications that eventually make up the thesis.
Collaboration with EPP at Carnegie Mellon is a major learning process, mainly because of its unique characteristics, which include a Problem-Solving Framework, conceived very broadly, encouraging a range of innovative ways to answer a question or achieve a goal. Problem solving includes the identification and representation of intellectual or theoretical questions; Collaboration Across Disciplines and Decision Making and Governance.
Ph.D. Thesis Research is expected to be professional research of the highest caliber, and must contribute to advancing the body of knowledge in the field. The Ph.D. dissertation, which describes the research and results in detail must be a scholarly work, in the substantial content as well as in the presentation. The contribution of the thesis must be considered significant and original by the research community in the field, represented immediately by the students' thesis committee.
The dissertation document (thesis) must contain, in addition to details of the main work, the context and placement of this work in the general field of study. The document should be a coherent presentation consistent with standards and documentation requirements (such as references) expected of scholarly work. The students' advisor and thesis committee are the final judges of the quality and quantity of research and writing required to complete the thesis. They judge the quality of contribution including the analysis and originality of the work to the field. The work is usually equivalent to that which would result in three or four publishable papers. In certain cases, when the student's research has led to the publication of a number of significant peer-reviewed journal articles (e.g., 3 to 4), the manuscripts for these papers (either published or accepted for publication) may be directly submitted as the major text for the thesis, with brief introductory and concluding chapters describing the overall theme and context of the papers. Approval of the student's thesis committee is required for this type of thesis.
Academic and Research Program: Curricular structure and thesis (Proposal aproved in IST; submited for acreditation by A3ES, December 2013) - see +
Compulsory (see description below):
Other (optional; minimum of one course):
EPP 2014 - Overall Description