Engaging Locally and Globally for a More Just, Ethical, and Thriving World
Urgent global challenges require the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) practitioners to collaborate for a better world. This calls for education in inclusive globally minded approaches informed by the social sciences, humanities, and arts.
The Global School responds to that need—as only WPI can.
Working in partnership with communities, The Global School empowers and inspires students to become civically engaged, compassionate and globally aware individuals.
Rigorous academic preparation in the Department of Integrative and Global Studies–from the Great Problems Seminar in the first year and immersive field work through the Global Projects Program to our innovative graduate programs–gives students the critical knowledge, collaborative mindset, and methodological tools they need to advance progressive global research and meaningful community partnerships.
The Global School’s undergraduate and graduate programs, founded on the university’s half-century of leadership in project-based learning, foster interdisciplinary, purpose-driven global research that is tied to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Our Degree Programs
MS in Science and Technology for Innovation in Global Development
The global MS in science and technology for innovation gives students the opportunity to explore and apply knowledge in design thinking, global technology and development, and technological and scientific innovation to create real change with and within communities. Working collaboratively, student teams, faculty, and community partners identify and work to implement sustainable solutions that promote resilience and change that makes a positive difference for people.
Great Problems Seminar Celebrates 15 Years
WPI's Great Problems Seminar (GPS) immerses first-year students in university-level research for complex global challenges. This signature program recently marked 15 years of preparing students for developing ethical global solutions, and it also has a new director.
The Student and Alumni Perspective
Project Work Offers an Immersive, Interdisciplinary Experience
Do you need more information?
For international research opportunities or institutional collaborations with The Global School contact Dean Mimi Sheller.
For Global Projects Program partnership or project sponsor opportunities, contact Associate Dean Kent Rissmiller.
For graduate studies information in The Global School, contact Professor Sarah Strauss.
For graduate admissions information, contact Graduate Admissions.
For general information, contact Dawn Farmer.