WPI Launches Two New Graduate Management Programs

M.S. Degrees Offered in Operations Design and Leadership, and Information Technology

Contact: WPI Media Relations, +1-508-831-5706

WORCESTER, Mass. -- July 19, 2004 -- The Department of Management at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is introducing two new graduate degree programs in fall 2004: a master of science in information technology (M.S.I.T.) and a master of science in operations design and leadership (M.S.O.D.L.). They will be taught at WPI's Worcester campus and online via the university's Advanced Distance Learning Network.

These two new degree programs were created in response to the needs and demands of industry for professionals with solid foundations in IT and operations management. They evolved from the university's former M.S. degree program in operations and information technology. The new programs, like all of WPI's business programs, are accredited by the discipline's standards organization AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

"We have maintained what has worked well within our prior master of science in operations and information technology curriculum, in particular the overlap and interdependence of the IT and operations disciplines," says Norman D. Wilkinson, WPI's director of Graduate Management Programs. "However, with the new programs, M.S.I.T. students will leave with a focused concentration in IT, and M.S.O.D.L. students will receive a more comprehensive background in operations management."

The M.S.I.T. is a 35-credit program designed for current and aspiring IT professionals. Students will take a required core of both management and IT courses, and then select one of six IT specialty areas:

  • IT project management
  • IT and entrepreneurship
  • IT applications development
  • information security management
  • marketing IT applications
  • manufacturing and service IT applications

The M.S.O.D.L. is a 35-credit program that provides a balance between service and production management. Students will take a required core of both operations design and leadership courses, and then select seven electives from a defined set of operations design and leadership courses, or choose a concentration track in either supply chain management or process design.

Classes for the fall semester begin on September 7, and applications for the programs are now being accepted. To learn more about WPI's graduate management programs, attend one of three information sessions scheduled on Wednesday, August 25, at WPI's Waltham campus; and Thursday, August 26, and Thursday, September 23, in Worcester. WPI's Waltham campus is located at 60 Hickory Drive, near Exit 27B (Winter Street) of Route 128/Interstate 95. Information is also available at WPI's Department of Management Web site, www.mgt.wpi.edu, or by calling +1-508-831-5218.

Business programs at WPI focus on the management of technology, and feature an interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizing leadership, ethics, communications and a global perspective. The programs have been developed to meet employer and employee needs. WPI offers undergraduate majors in industrial engineering, management, management engineering and management information systems (MIS); and minors in entrepreneurship, management, MIS and organizational leadership.

At the graduate level, WPI also offers a high-tech MBA, and an M.S. in marketing and technological innovation; a combined BS/MBA program; and graduate certificates in technology marketing, management of technology, information technology, and information security management.