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Southern New Hampshire University Partners with WPI to Increase Access to Engineering Management Graduate Education

February 25, 2016
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Manchester, N.H. — Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), the nation’s fastest growing university, is partnering with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), one of the nation's most prestigious private technological universities, to help create SNHU's first-ever engineering degree program: an MBA in engineering management.

Engineering plays a critical role for a multitude of companies and organizations, and the creation of this new degree program recognizes the need for better management of engineering departments, professionals, systems, and enterprises. Engineering managers need to have business and supervisory acumen as well as some technical knowledge. To customize such an education, SNHU is combining its online MBA degree, now in its 40th year, with WPI’s nationally recognized engineering expertise and distinctive curriculum.

"Partnering with WPI, one of the nation's top STEM institutions, provides a unique pathway for more students to pursue advanced engineering degree programs," explained Paul LeBlanc, president, Southern New Hampshire University. "This is a perfect marriage between experts in education and technology, and reinforces our core values of improving the accessibility and affordability of higher education."

SNHU's new MBA in engineering management will incorporate concentration courses in engineering, which will be developed and taught by WPI faculty for SNHU. Coursework will introduce students to various engineering disciplines and provide a framework for making business decisions within an engineering systems environment.

"Globally, the rate of innovation in engineering is faster than ever before, and by partnering with SNHU to develop its engineering management MBA program, WPI will more effectively impact the growing need for well-qualified professionals who can manage the efforts that are so essential to industrial productivity," said WPI President Laurie A. Leshin. "Working together, we have the potential to positively impact businesses and economies worldwide. This partnership also allows WPI to engage with an entirely new student population, and we’re excited to be able to provide those students with the knowledge they will need in order to be successful managers of such critically important workforces and enterprises."

About Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a nonprofit, regionally accredited, private university with an 80-year history of educating traditional-age students and working adults. With over 70,000 students and more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available on campus and online, SNHU offers access to high quality and affordable education. SNHU’s main campus is located in Manchester, NH with locations in Nashua, Portsmouth and Salem, NH, and Brunswick, Maine. Recognized as the “Most Innovative” by U.S. News & World Report, SNHU continues to transform higher education by providing the best educational opportunity and experience for all students.

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