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UCI Extension and Georgia Tech partner in support systems engineering courses

Students will be able to transfer credits between the two universities.

By Kylie MalstromPublished: January 06, 2012 06:45 AM

UC Irvine Extension and the Georgia Institute of Technology have recently agreed to articulate earned credits for systems engineering classes. Through this agreement, course participants who complete certain UC Irvine Extension systems engineering courses can receive academic credit toward the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Professional Master’s Degree In Applied Systems Engineering (PMASE) program. Both programs are offered primarily online, but Georgia Tech’s requires a few campus visits over the two-year course.

“Course participants will learn that systems engineering requires the integration of different components to create a holistic system,” said Dave Dimas, director of Engineering, Sciences and Information Technologies at UC Irvine Extension. “Similarly, our partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology creates a unique combination of both programs to provide participants with the most comprehensive education available.”

The agreement allows students to transfer credits earned for “Foundations of Systems Engineering” and “Systems Requirements Engineering” in the UCI Extension Certificate in Systems Engineering program to Georgia Tech’s PMASE program. Eligible students must complete both courses with a B grade or better and submit an application, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a resume and an official transcript. In addition, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in math, a hard science or engineering from an accredited college or university and five years of professional work experience.

“After conversations with leading industry officials, Georgia Tech launched the Professional Master’s in Applied Systems Engineering three years ago,” said Nelson Baker, vice provost of Distance Learning & Professional Education for Georgia Tech. “This program was designed in response to the desire for a quality degree program that delivered applied content grounded in real-world knowledge. In addition, another priority was to develop a team-based program that could be delivered online and quickly adapted into the workplace.

“We are excited to partner with UC Irvine Extension in allowing for flexible methods for students to earn this industry-sought credential, Baker added.”

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