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Ph.D. in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship

This Ph.D. Program is currently inactive.

The doctoral program in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship was offered through Carnegie Mellon’s SET Change Program, and involved the Department of Engineering and Public Policy , the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, the Heinz School, and the Tepper School. The Portuguese partners were the Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, and the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

This unique interdisciplinary program is open to participants from a variety of disciplines, including business, engineering, economics, science, and policy. The Ph.D. in TCE prepares students for research, teaching, or leadership positions in entrepreneurship and technology management; business, policy, or engineering schools, or technology and consulting firms.

It focuses on public policy, firm strategy, and market and entrepreneurial dynamics associated with the development, commercialization, implementation and diffusion of new technologies, as well as their impact on industrial re-structuring and economic development. The program has a special emphasis on information and communication technologies.

This program presents an exceptional opportunity to prospective students since very few structured doctoral research programs are multidisciplinary and dedicated to technology and entrepreneurship. The Carnegie Mellon TCE doctoral program provides an excellent model and unique opportunity for what could be a leading initiative in creative thinking for technological entrepreneurship in Europe.

The TCE PhD degree program also has a strong international orientation. Students take courses in Lisbon and in Pittsburgh before working on their dissertation research, which is under joint supervision of collaborating academic advisers from Carnegie Mellon and the Portuguese partner institutions.

Upon completing the program, students receive two degrees – one degree from Carnegie Mellon University as well as one from either the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa or the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

The program is open to students from all over the world. Up to five exceptional graduate students will be accepted each year from any area in business, engineering, technology studies and economics, and the social sciences, including sociology and psychology.