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Academics

Through its innovative, cross-disciplinary educational approach, LPE prepares the next generation of leaders to bring together knowledge from engineering, law, and policy together to address complex societal issues. 

Carefully crafted interdisciplinary programs with representation from the College of Engineering, Penn State Law at University Park, and the School of International Affairs provide Penn State undergraduate and graduate students with the necessary cross-cutting knowledge to fill a known gap and lead this transformative discipline. 

Graduate Offerings

Master of Engineering in Engineering, Law, and Policy 

Based in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, the master of engineering in engineering, law, and policy combines expert research and education from the College of Engineering, Penn State Law at University Park, and the School of International Affairs. Seen as an alternative to the MBA degree, the 30-credit master's degree focuses on policy and law systems and the way emerging technologies interact with and enter into these and other existing systems. 

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Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Degrees

There are a number of different industries and careers in which students may choose to enter, some of which may be in the international context or have international elements. Given the interdisciplinary nature of these evolving engineering and technical fields, an interdisciplinary program can help to prepare students for their future careers and prepare the next generation of engineers to work in an increasingly globalized context.

A partnership between the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the School of International Affairs provides students with an opportunity to complete both a bachelor of science degree and a master of international affairs in five years. 

In the fields of computer engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering there are a number of different industries and careers in which students may choose to enter, some of which may be in the international context or have international elements. Given the interdisciplinary nature of this evolving field, an interdisciplinary program can help to prepare students for their future careers and prepare the next generation of computer engineers to work in an increasingly globalized context.

Degrees

  • Integrated Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Master of International Affairs in International Affairs
  • Integrated Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of International Affairs in International Affairs
  • Integrated Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of International Affairs in International Affairs

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About

The Law, Policy, and Engineering (LPE) initiative is an interdisciplinary academic and research initiative between Penn State's College of Engineering, Penn State Law, and Penn State's School of International Affairs. The initiative will provide a transformative educational experience for students by actively integrating components of all three disciplines into the curriculum to prepare students for the competitive, interdisciplinary, global workplaces of the future. 

Law, Policy, and Engineering Initiative

The Pennsylvania State University

157 Hammond Building

University Park, PA 16802