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  • Locations: Cambridge, MA, United States;
  • Program Terms: B term
  • Restrictions: WPI applicants only
  • Estimated Expenses: B term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
B term 2018-2019 11/07/2017 02/01/2018 TBA TBA
Program Description:

MicrosoftMicrosoft - Cambridge, MA Project Center (MQP)

Location and Culture
Program Dates
Housing and Meals
Project Opportunities
Cost and Billing
Health and Safety


Location and Culture          

Students at the Microsoft Project Center have the opportunity to work with one of the largest  companies in the software industry in one of the most progressive and engaging cities in the world. Students conduct their projects at the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center, a hub of activity and research that draws local high-tech talent from the greater Boston area.

The NERD Center is located near Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge offers easy access to the many highlights of Boston and also boasts several prestigious universities and cultural, historic and artistic enterprises.

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in Boston.  More information will be provided in the prep term.

Program Dates

Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program.  Dates will be posted at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date.  If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing. 

Project Opportunities

***Only Computer Science majors eligible for Microsoft Project Center***

Students begin their project experience by conducting a Preliminary Qualifying Project (PQP) during A-Term. They perform background research in their project areas, learn about the industry, and hold discussions with Microsoft mentors.

Projects are conducted during B-Term, when students work full-time at the NERD Center or approximately eight weeks, from mid-October through mid-December. Each project team works with a mentor from Microsoft and a WPI faculty advisor. Project work concludes with an MQP report and a presentation to Microsoft. 

Past Microsoft students have:

  • Code churn dashboard - Designing and implementing a tool that allows users to easily identify which parts of a software project have high levels of code churn

Cost and Billing

Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away.  These will be billed to you on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester). 

  • WPI Tuition and Fees
  • WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
  • WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
  • Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)

In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:

  • Local transportation
  • Airfare (if applicable)
  • Food
  • Tourist activities and incidentals
  • Project related incidentals

A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Microsoft can be found here: Microsoft Estimated Expenses 

Health and Safety 

WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination.  You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you.