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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Corporate and Professional Education


Contact Information:
WPI Distance Learning
Pamela Shelley, Assistant Director
http://www.wpi.edu/
Phone: 508-831-6789
Email: online@wpi.edu

Degree Programs:
Technology MBA
M.S. Marketing and Technological Innovation (MSMTI)
M.S. Operations Design and Leadership (MSODL)
M.S. System Dynamics
M.S. Fire Protection Engineering
M.S. Environmental Engineering

Graduate Certificates:
Fire Protection Engineering Graduate Certificates
Environmental Engineering Graduate Certificates
System Dynamics Graduate Certificate
Technology Management Graduate Certificate

Accreditation(s):
WPI is accredited by the following agencies:
NEASC - Northeast Association of Schools and Colleges
AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

Admission Requirements:
Admissions into the MBA
Official transcripts from all colleges attended, GMAT scores, three letters of references and personal statement on why students want to attend the WPI program.

Admissions into the M.S. Marketing and Technological Innovation (MSMTI) and M.S. Operations Design and Leadership (MSODL)
Official transcripts from all colleges attended, GMAT or GRE scores, three letters of references and personal statement on why students want to attend the WPI program.

Admissions into the M.S. System Dynamics
Official transcripts from all colleges attended, GRE scores, three letters of references and resume.

Tuition:
The tuition for 2007-2008 is $1,042 per credit hour.

Program Length
  • M.S. Marketing and Technological Innovation (MSMTI)is 32 credits hours
  • M.S. Operations Design and Leadership (MSODL) is 35 credit hours
  • M.S. System Dynamics is 30 credit hours
  • System Dynamics certificate is 15 credits
Description of Learning Environment for Students:
WPI has adopted a campus-wide learning management system that provides faculty and students with a consistent framework for their distance courses. In addition, an in-house instructional design team helps faculty take full advantage of a mix of media to deliver courses to students around the world. Most ADLN courses combine a number of delivery methods.

Asynchronous Delivery - Many of WPI's distance students are busy professionals who live or travel globally. Single direction communication techniques are used extensively so that students do not have to routinely access course material at specific times. Students can view materials at their convenience, as long as weekly assignments and other projects are completed as required.

Synchronous Delivery - Occasionally the faculty will utilize two way communication techniques such as chat or online whiteboards to enhance the material in a course. This type of delivery is not a mainstay of any of WPI's distance courses.

Learning Management System - All classes use a learning management system, referred to as "myWPI", that provides an easy-to-use interface for web-based course content and a suite of collaboration tools that help to foster interaction among faculty and students.

Online - The Internet is used exclusively for the delivery of course content. Faculty use WPI's learning management system, myWPI, to manage class communications, make announcements and deliver most of the course content over the Internet.

Technical Requirements
At a minimum, distance students will need regular access to a personal computer with the following requirements. Some courses may also require access to a VHS VCR and/or a DVD player.

- Pentium II Processor (or comparable)
- 128 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
- Sound Card with ability to listen to audio (headphones or speakers)
- CD-ROM Drive
- High Speed Internet Access (256kps)
- Minimum Software Requirements
- Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP*
- Microsoft Office XP Professional (or higher)*
- Internet Explorer 6.0
- Windows Media Player 9.0
- Required by Certain Courses
- DVD-ROM Drive
- Microphone input jack on sound card
- Permissions to install software

Accomplishments/Recognition:
  • Since 1997, U.S. News & World Report has ranked WPI among the top 60 universities in the nation in its annual college guide.
  • 2001 - U.S. News & World Report listed WPI's online Business and Engineering programs among the best online programs in the United States.
  • 1999 and 2000-Yahoo! Internet Life rated WPI as among the top 25 "most wired campuses".
  • 2005 - Princeton Review listed as among "The Best Business Schools"