Interdisciplinary Programs

Chemical engineers are critical to the progress of a wide variety of technologies. As such, interdisciplinary degrees offer students the opportunity to obtain a breadth of knowledge and unparalleled academic exposure.

See list of interdisciplinary research centers across the Institute.


The Technology and Policy Program (TPP) educates men and women for leadership on the important technological issues confronting society. Our program prepares our graduates to excel in their technical fields, and to develop and implement effective strategies for dealing with the risks and opportunities associated with those technologies. For more information, go to


The Chemical Engineering Department participates in the activities of the interdepartmental Program in Polymers and Soft Matter (PPSM).  PPSM offers a core curriculum and a doctoral qualifying examination for first-year graduate students in several departments. ChemE accepts PPSM’s doctoral qualifying process in place of the traditional departmental path to doctoral candidacy. The PPSM option facilitates an early launch into polymer-centered graduate-level study and research for those students who have made a clear commitment the field of polymers. In subsequent years PPSM students access the core graduate curriculum of the department by taking a selection of restricted elective subjects that also serve to fulfill the required graduate minor in PPSM. More detailed information on the program and its application procedures are available on the PPSM website or through the office of PPSM Director Bradley D. Olsen, For more information, please visit:


The Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) PhD program allows students to specialize at the doctoral level in a computation-related field of their choice, including Chemical Engineering, through focused coursework and a doctoral thesis. Students enrolled in the CSE PhD program through ChemE will reside in the department; the degree will highlight their specialization in computational science and engineering via the specially crafted thesis field, ‘Chemical Engineering and Computation’. Applications from candidates who have a strong foundation in core disciplinary areas of mathematics, engineering, physics, or related fields are strongly encouraged. More information about the CSE program can be found at  Applications to CSE are accepted via

MIT Interdisciplinary Programs