Interdisciplinary Programs

Corporate and Professional Education regularly offers Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs that are in demand and meet the educational and professional needs of key industries such as power, defense, life sciences, and technology. Interdisciplinary master’s programs require at least 30 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. No more than half of the total academic credit may be taken in any one department. They may or may not include a thesis or project requirement.

Interdisciplinary master’s programs give individual students the flexibility to work with faculty to create a graduate program that fits their professional and personal aspirations. For individual students seeking an interdisciplinary master’s program, proposals are initiated by groups of at least two faculty members from different academic departments who share a common interest in a cross-disciplinary field. The sponsoring group submits a proposal for an interdisciplinary degree to the Committee on Graduate Studies & Research (CGSR) that includes the details of a program of study and the credentials of the members of the group. At least one member of the group must be from a department or program currently authorized to award the master’s degree. No more than half of the total academic credit may be taken in any one department. The CGSR may request additional input from the sponsors or appropriate departments. If the CGSR approves the proposal, the sponsoring group serves in place of a department in administration of the approved program.

Current Interdisciplinary Graduate programs regularly offered by Corporate and Professional Education are listed below.

Systems Engineering

Faculty

Faculty hold a full time position in a WPI academic department or are adjunct faculty vetted by a WPI academic department head.

Programs of Study

  • Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Systems Engineering
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering Fundamentals

WPI offers graduate levels studies in the field of systems engineering leading to an Interdisciplinary Master of Science as well as graduate level certificates. These programs are designed to exemplify the WPI tradition of theory and practice and incorporate input from engineers currently practicing systems engineering. The programs integrate content from engineering, science, and management. The MS degree is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge of engineering systems and management supplemented with a technology focus. Professional employment in a technological field or industry enhances the student’s ability to comprehend the scope and magnitude of the complexity of systems engineering.

Admissions Requirements

Admission for the Master’s degree and graduate certificates is consistent with the admission requirements listed in the Graduate Catalog for a Master of Science degree. Appropriate undergraduate bachelor’s degree majors include but are not limited to Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Engineering from an accredited university. Admission is determined by a review of the application by faculty from both the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and the Computer Science Department.

Graduate Certificate

A graduate certificate provides qualified students with an opportunity to further their studies in an advanced field. Courses are selected from a range of offerings and give a firm foundation in the field of systems engineering.

Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering

Minimum of 17 credits. For more information please consult the WPI web.

Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering Fundamentals

12 credits. For more information please consult the WPI web.

Degree Requirements

Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Systems Engineering

The Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering requires 30 course credits. As an interdisciplinary program, no more than half of the required program credits can be earned from a single department.

Required Courses

  • SYS 501. Concepts of Systems Engineering
  • SYS 585. Capstone Experience
  • Plus at least three of the following:
    • SYS 510. Systems Architecture and Design
    • SYS 511. Systems Integration and Test
    • OIE 541. Operations Risk Management
    • MIS 576. Project Management

Electives

The remaining 15 credit hours of elective coursework can be tailored to meet the specific needs of students. For more information please consult the WPI web.

Bioscience Administration

Faculty

Faculty hold a full time position in a WPI academic department or are adjunct faculty vetted by a WPI academic department head.

Program of Study

  • Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Bioscience Administration

Graduate Certificate in Bioscience Management

WPI offers graduate levels studies in the field of Bioscience Administration leading to the Master of Science. This program is designed to offer both business and science education thus meeting an educational need in the life sciences and bioresearch fields. This degree is applicable for students seeking employment in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and biomedical device companies. This program helps science professionals advance their science knowledgebase and also helps them build the necessary administrative infrastructure for their field.

Admissions Requirements

Admission for the Master’s degree is consistent with the admission requirements listed in the Graduate Catalog for a Master of Science degree. Appropriate undergraduate bachelor’s degree majors include but are not limited to life science, management, engineering, and computer science. Students with other backgrounds may be considered with the approval of the program administrator. Students need a working knowledge of basic biotechnology, biochemistry, cell biology, and chemistry.

Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Bioscience Management

This certificate program is proposed to meet the needs of a variety of corporations and individuals who are taking a first step toward an MS in Bioscience Administration. The framework presents minimum requirements for the distribution of bio/ life-science and management courses, but provides flexibility. This certificate is composed of at least 17 credits of graduate coursework. Refer to the web for more information.

Degree Requirements

Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Bioscience Administration

This degree requires at least 30 credit hours of graduate coursework, with no more than 14 credit hours from any one discipline. There are three track options: Life Science, Bioengineering, and Custom Science. Courses are not specified in any of the tracks, but the number of credit hours completed must conform to the breakdown found in Table I. Each student must have a Plan of Study approved by the program administrator within their first 9 credits.

Table 1 Life Science Track 6-12 Credit Hours in Chemistry or Biochemistry 6-14 Credit Hours in Management 6-12 Credit Hours in Biology or Biotechnology 3-9 Credit Hours of electives or directed research Bioengineering Track 9-14 Credit Hours in Biomedical Engineering 6-14 Credit Hours in Management 3-12 Credit Hours in Chemistry or Biology 3-9 Credit Hours of electives or directed research Custom Science Track 16-24 Credit Hours selected from Biomedical Engineering, Biology or Biotechnology, Chemistry or Biochemistry, Computer Science, or Mathematical Science 6-14 Credit Hours in Management

Table 1

Life Science Track
6-12 Credit Hours in Chemistry or Biochemistry
6-14 Credit Hours in Management
6-12 Credit Hours in Biology or Biotechnology
3-9 Credit Hours of electives or directed research
Bioengineering Track
9-14 Credit Hours in Biomedical Engineering
6-14 Credit Hours in Management
3-12 Credit Hours in Chemistry or Biology
3-9 Credit Hours of electives or directed research
Custom Science Track
16-24 Credit Hours selected from Biomedical Engineering, Biology or Biotechnology, Chemistry or Biochemistry, Computer Science, or Mathematical Science
6-14 Credit Hours in Management

 

Manufacturing Engineering Management

Faculty

Faculty hold a full time position in a WPI academic department or are adjunct faculty vetted by a WPI academic department head.

Program of Study

  • Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Management

This program is designed to meet the demand from professionals who typically have an undergraduate degree in engineering, work experience in manufacturing, and a desire to pursue a master’s degree curriculum with equal emphasis in both manufacturing engineering and manufacturing/ operations management. They project their career as continuing to need a balanced growth in manufacturing engineering and manufacturing management.

Admissions Requirements

Students will be eligible for admission into the program if they have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited university consistent with the WPI Graduate Catalog. Students should have a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering. Students with other backgrounds will be considered based on their interest, formal education and experience in manufacturing. Admission decisions will be made by the sponsoring faculty based on all factors presented in the application, including prior academic performance, quality of professional experience, letters of recommendation, etc.

Degree Requirements

Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Management

Students must complete 30 credit hours of course work in Manufacturing, Engineering, and Management related courses as defined by the coordinating faculty.

Business (choose 12 credits)

  • OBC 500 Group and Interpersonal Dynamics in Complex Organizations
  • MIS 500 Innovating with Information Systems
  • OBC 531 Managing Organizational Change
  • OIE 541 Operations Risk Management
  • OIE 544 Supply Chain Analysis and Design
  • OIE 546 Managing Technological Innovation
  • OIE 548 Productivity Management
  • MIS 576 Project Management
  • Engineering (choose 15 credits)
  • FPE 563 Operations Risk Management
  • MFE 510 / ME 542 Control and Monitoring of Manufacturing Processes
  • MFE 511 Application of Industrial Robotics
  • MFE 520 / MTE 520 / ME 543 Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Processes
  • MFE 530 / ME544 Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
  • MFE 540 Design for Manufacturability
  • MFE 598* Directed Research

Power Systems Management

Faculty

Faculty hold a full time position in a WPI academic department or are adjunct faculty vetted by a WPI academic department head.

Programs of Study

  • Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Power Systems Management
  • Certificate in Power Systems Management
  • Certificate in Power Systems Engineering

Power Systems Engineering education is in high demand in the United States and more so in developing nations. WPI has broadened its offerings of courses in this area, and now offers a new level of flexibility for students and their current or prospective employers. In addition, the School of Business provides an attractive palette of relevant courses to enhance the professional skills of practicing engineers. This framework has created programs to meet industry demands.

Admissions Requirements

Students will be eligible for admission into the program if they have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited university consistent with the WPI Graduate Catalog. Normally, an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science is expected. Students with other backgrounds may be considered with the approval of the faculty. GRE examinations are required for all international applicants.

Certificates

Certificate in Power Systems Management

This certificate program is proposed to meet the needs of a variety of corporations and individuals who are taking a first step toward an MS in Power Systems Management. The framework presents minimum requirements for the distribution of power systems and management courses, but provides flexibility for the student.

This certificate must consist of at least 17 credits of graduate coursework.

For more information please consult the WPI web.

Certificate in Power Systems Engineering

This specialized program raises professional competency levels of protection engineers and focuses solely on the protection and control aspects of the power industry.

This certificate consists of 12 credits of graduate coursework. For more information please consult the WPI web.

Degree Requirements

Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Power Systems Management

At least 30 credit ours composed of:

  • At least 12 credits but no more than 15 credits of graduate level coursework in Power Systems Engineering (course prefix ECE with course numbers from 5500 through 5599)
  • At least 12 but no more than 14 credits of graduate level coursework in Business (example courses prefixed by BUS, MIS, OBC, OIE, etc.).

Electives:

Under the direction of the advisors, each student will select 6 credits of coursework at the 4000 level (maximum of two) or at the graduate level (designated as 500-, 5000-, or 600-level) in computer science (CS), physics (PH), engineering (BME, CHE, CE, ECE (1 only), FP, MFE, MTE, ME, RBE, and SYS), mathematics (MA), and/or Systems Dynamics (SD) to complete the Interdisciplinary Master of Science degree.

There is no thesis option for this degree.

The Certificate in College Teaching

Purpose

WPI offers an innovative program, managed by the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, for graduate students wishing to develop skills in college teaching. Many doctoral and even masters’ degree holders will devote a least some of their professional time to college-level teaching. The Certificate in College Teaching program offers an opportunity to acquire both teaching skills and professional recognition of high-level preparation to teach.

The Certificate represents a collaborative institutional response to the ever-present challenges of promoting exemplary teaching in today’s complex higher education environments. Most college professors are never trained to be teachers. Preparation for the college classroom involves more than a solid base of knowledge in a discipline; it requires a systematic inquiry into the pedagogies and processes that facilitate learning. Our certificate program is grounded in the latest educational research of best practices in college teaching, and is designed to enhance the teaching and learning experiences for faculty and students at our member institutions.

The primary focus of the Certificate is to prepare graduate students and adjunct faculty for a career in academia. Research has shown that graduate students with some formal preparation in college teaching have a substantial advantage in the academic job market. Once hired, the new faculty members are better prepared to assume their teaching duties and are, consequently, more productive in developing their research programs. Similarly, more experienced college faculty can also benefit from such teaching certificate programs, as they may be very well prepared in their disciplines, but desire formal training in pedagogy.

Program

Students may take any combination of the courses offered. Generally students begin with the 2-credit Seminar in College Teaching (IDG501), which is usually taught fall, spring and summer terms. The full Certificate program is 6 credits, with three 1-credit additional elective courses taken and culminating in the one-credit Capstone Practicum.

Tuition

WPI covers the full cost for graduate students approved by their department head to participate (in 2009-2010, $290/ credit). Adjunct and other faculty teaching at WPI should check with their department heads about departmental policies for supporting the Certificate program. WPI employees may also have tuition benefits that will cover the cost of Certificate courses; contact Human Resources for details. The program is open to all qualified persons wishing to participate at their own expense.

Information

Courses are taught at various Consortium sites, with WPI and Clark continuing to be the most common hosts. For information on specific course descriptions and availability, see the Consortium web site under “Procedures for Students.”

Questions

Contact Chrysanthe Demetry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering Program
WPI, 100 Institute Rd
Worcester, MA 01609 USA
Email: cdemetry@wpi.edu
Tel: +1-508-831-5195; Fax: +1-508-831-5178

 
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