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NJIT Offers Accelerated BS/MS Program to William Paterson University Students

Starting this fall, William Paterson University (WPU) students can start working on master’s degrees in computer science or math from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), while completing their bachelor’s degrees at WPU.

Thanks to a new agreement between the universities, NJIT will offer two graduate classes to WPU seniors majoring in computer science or math. Through this accelerated BS/MS program, the two classes will count as both six undergraduate credits and six graduate credits. Seniors can later apply the credits toward the NJIT master’s degree in applied mathematics (http://math.njit.edu/), applied statistics (http://math.njit.edu/) or computer science (http://njit.edu/), and earn a master’s degree in five years of full-time study.

WPU alumni as well as working professionals who are not WPU students can also enroll in the NJIT classes. As part of NJIT’s mission, the university establishes extension sites throughout New Jersey that make it easy for working professionals to take NJIT graduate courses at locations near to their homes or offices. Such students can  transfer the credits taken at the extension sites toward a 12-credit NJIT graduate certificate or a part-time NJIT master’s program. 

“This new agreement will allow William Paterson students and alumni as well as professionals who live or work near the WPU campus to advance their educations without leaving their backyards,” said Gale Tenen Spak, associate vice president of Continuing and Distance Learning Education at NJIT. “Computer science and math are both areas in demand in the New Jersey economy and NJIT’s programs in both fields are nationally recognized.”

The NJIT classes not only save students time but also money. WPU seniors  accepted in the accelerated BS/MS program will be charged NJIT undergraduate rates for the graduate classes, and participants  with grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher who enter a full-time NJIT master’s degree program will receive a $2,000 Provost Fellowship.

The new agreement also makes it easy for students to transfer to NJIT. Students who take the two classes and maintain a GPA of 2.8 or higher will be automatically accepted into a NJIT master’s degree program; they needn’t take the Graduate Record Examination. 

Two NJIT classes will be offered this fall at WPU: Java programming and linear algebra. Both classes will be offered in the evening. Other options for completing required classes include face-to-face evening courses at NJIT’s Newark campus and fully online classes that can be accessed anytime. For more information, contact an NJIT Continuing Professional Education representative by phone: 800-624-9850, or email:  cpe@njit.edu or visit http://cpe.njit.edu/wpunj.

NJIT and WPU will sign an agreement to offer the new programs on June 21 at 1 p.m. on the ground floor cafe at WPU’s Valley Road campus, 1600 Valley Road, Wayne. NJIT President Robert Altenkirch and WPU President Arnold Speert, as well as academic officials from both colleges, will attend the signing.

“The affiliation with NJIT is a perfect fit for WPU,” said Sandra DeYoung, dean of the College of Science and Health at WPU. “Our computer science and mathematics students will have streamlined access to graduate degrees or a certificate from NJIT - the state’s premier technological and scientific university. Collaborations between universities like this benefit our students, our alumni and working professionals in the region.”

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.