President's Message

Graduate education at WPI focuses on the highest ideals of university education: the mastery of important information and the creation of new knowledge.

A national doctoral university with a heritage of educational innovation, WPI delivered its first graduate program in 1893. Today the university offers an array of master's and doctoral degree programs in engineering, science, and management, which are pursued, part-time (for practicing professionals) or full-time, on campus and via distance learning, by a diverse population of students from more than 70 nations.

Three qualities distinguish WPI's graduate programs. First, they are marked by a high degree of interdisciplinary collaboration. WPI has long been known as a place where ideas, innovation, and discovery freely cross disciplinary boundaries. Increasingly, the collaborative spirit at WPI is being expanded to include exciting academic and research partnerships with industry, government laboratories, and other universities. Our new Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center has been expressly designed to promote research across disciplines and to facilitate external research and development partnerships.

Second, WPI graduate students benefit from their close interactions with an extraordinarily gifted and accomplished faculty. Among the ranks of WPI's tenured and tenure track faculty, 95 percent of whom hold doctoral degrees, are 18 recipients of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award (the highest honor for young faculty), 12 winners of Fulbright scholarships, and more than 40 fellows of national and international professional societies and organizations.

Finally, WPI's graduate programs place an important emphasis on meaningful, practical applications of science, technology, and management a tradition that can be traced to our founding in 1865. Our graduates emerge with the knowledge and skills to pursue exciting careers in a range of fields – from bioinformatics to software engineering to information security to fire protection engineering.

I invite you to learn more about WPI's exceptional graduate and research programs. I am confident that you will find that they offer you the knowledge, the skills, and the experience you will need for advanced study, for career development, and, ultimately, for making a difference in the world.

Sincerely,
Dennis D. Berkey

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