The PhD program in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship welcomes applications from motivated individuals who are planning research and high-level policy careers in areas related to technological change, entrepreneurship or management of information systems. We encourage applications from highly motivated people with cross-disciplinary international perspectives, and with strong backgrounds in economics, engineering, management, mathematics or statistics, computing science, natural sciences, sociology, or psychology.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the program will be based on several criteria, including academic performance, the rigor of academic programs completed, letters of recommendation, scores on the GMAT or GRE examinations, research training, and the applicant’s background and stated interest in areas related to technological change and entrepreneurship. In some cases, a formal or informal interview may be required.

Students must meet the admissions requirements for both the Portuguese partner institutions and Carnegie Mellon University. As all admitted students follow a core curriculum, the admitting units share common entrance requirements. There are no residence or nationality requirements for entrance to the program.

Admission Process

Depending on their background, interests and career objectives, students enter the program through one of the Carnegie Mellon sponsoring units: the Social & Decision Sciences Department, the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy & Management, and the Engineering and Public Policy Department. Students will also be simultaneously admitted at either Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), for students with stronger backgrounds and interests on engineering and science, or the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics at the Catholic University of Portugal for those trained and focusing on social sciences. All admitted students follow a core curriculum, and each admitting unit has a few distinctive requirements, mostly reflecting the areas of concentration.


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