Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) was founded in 1865 and is considered as the third oldest private technological university in the US. It has been providing distance education programs for more than thirty (30) years. Included in the distance education offering are online programs which can be completed in its entirety without the need of on-campus attendance. As per the 2011 Best Colleges ranking provided by The Princeton Review, WPI comes out as one of the top colleges in the Northeast and on the 20th place for career services among National Colleges and Universities. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Online programs are offered in Fire Protection Engineering, Environmental Engineering, System Dynamics, Mechanical Engineering, and Technology MBA in the form of Graduate Certificate Programs, Graduate Degree Programs and Non-Degree Courses. A bachelor’s degree earned in the US or its equivalent is a basic admissions requirement to any graduate degree or certificate program in WPI. Applications are reviewed based on previous academic performance, test scores and letters of recommendation. Relevant practical experience may be required in some programs. Online courses generally follow the standard academic calendar and admit students in early fall, spring and summer. Allowed credit transfers vary by program.
Tuition rates for online courses are the same as campus courses. Graduate tuition per credit costs approximately $ 1,121.00. Students eligible to receive scholarships, loans or grants need to complete their documents with WPI before financial aid can be received.
WPI does not combine related departments into specific colleges or schools like the usual practice among educational institutions. Online courses are delivered by the Advanced Distance Learning Network (ADLN). Semesters are 14 weeks long except for the summer semesters which last 7-10 weeks. Students work on joint assignments virtually as a team. The learning management system referred to as “myWPI” facilitates easy interaction among faculty and students.