Program Walkthrough

Earning an online Master of Science in electrical engineering from the George Washington University prepares students to solve complex problems, apply state-of-the-art tools and lead multidisciplinary teams. Watch this video to hear from admissions counselors Matthew Starr and Terri Ignoffo about what you can expect when you enroll in one of the nation’s top online engineering schools.

The presentation includes the following topics and more:

  • Options for customizing the curriculum with three high-demand focus areas
  • The experience of taking online courses from GW
  • Support services available to online students
  • Admission requirements and the application process

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MS in Electrical Engineering Program Walkthrough Transcript

Matthew Starr, Admissions Counselor Alright everyone, welcome to our program walk-through for the online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering to the George Washington University. Just to kick things I want to let everyone know our Spring 1 term begins January 7, 2019. My name is Matthew Starr, I’m an admissions counselor here working on this program. I have been with the George Washington University for little over two years now. I will let my college introduce herself.
Terri Ignoffo, Admissions Counselor My name is Terri Ignoffo, I am also an admissions counselor for this program and I have been in higher education for about 17 years, 11 of which I’ve served in various capacities in the admissions department. Thank you all for listening.
Matthew Starr So what we’re going to cover today; we’re going to go through some specifics about the University itself, the vision that we have in place for this specific program and we’re going to cover the curriculum. Then our support services for online students and then we’ll cover the application overview for this program and then go through post-admission steps.

So about the George Washington University; we’ve been around for quite a long time believe it or not. Physical campus located in the DC area. We are one of the nation’s first dedicated programs in the field of engineering. Again, located in the heart of one of the largest and most comprehensive technology centers in the nation. You have a lot of obviously government agencies, government entities here, corporations, lots of small businesses; really at the heart of a lot of engineering on areas. Strong connections to influential institutions that help to deliver a unique combination of research, teaching and public services, which we’re able to provide to our students and our alumni.

So the vision for this program, again the online MS in Electrical Engineering, what it’s really doing is aiming to graduate students who are going to be able to do the following: things like gaining that hands-on experience with state-of-the-art electrical engineering techniques and the tools that you will apply those to, the comprehensive background that electrical engineers are going to need to function within a multidisciplinary team and lead complex engineering progress projects. Also gaining the technical and critical thinking skills in order to compete with the best engineers in the industry.

So the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering again is a fully online program. It’s 30 credit hours which is 10 classes. Average time for completion is probably around that two and a half to three-year timeframe. It all does depend on how many classes you take every 10-week term. So for example if you decide to double up here and there, utilize the optional summer term which we’ll talk about a little later, you could potentially get this done a little bit quicker. The program is broken down into five core classes and then five classes that are specific to one of our focus areas. Those focus areas are electrical power and energy, signal and image processing, and then systems and controls and communications and networks, and we’ll go through the specifically in another slide. The program again is really designed for individuals who are looking at both the core engineering and the specialized technical learning that they need in order to plan, design, implement and also manage sophisticated electrical systems. Our graduates are going to be capable of working in the present technological environment but also of adapting to the profession as it continues to advance. Tuition for our program is $995 per credit hour. Again it’s a 30 credit hour program, so you’re looking at a total cost of just over $29,000. Our textbooks are provided at no additional cost, so all that is bundled into your tuition, your credit hour cost, and we mail those out to you every term.

Terri Ignoffo So let’s touch on the first focus area that individuals can choose from, it is our electrical power and engineering. This allows graduate from this particular area to be able to design and develop reliable, efficient, sustainable and secure electrical power electrical power delivery systems. What it’ll do as well is it’ll explore issues of electrical power generation, distribution, transmission and students really do gain hands-on experience that will optimize techniques for solving some of the industry’s most complex challenges; some of those being how to optimize power generation and distribution with renewable energy.

The second focus area is the signal and image processing systems and controls. Graduates in this focus area will be able to develop the mathematical models that govern the structure and operation of electrical systems. The students will really learn the mathematical techniques for processing and/or transforming the continuous and discrete signals as they apply the signal processing knowledge again, to complex, highly dynamic systems.

And our final third focus area of choice is the Communications and Network. These courses are going to look at information theory, it’s going to look at digital communication networking, touch on that data encryption and compression, look at network protocols and techniques and security as it can be applied in the construction and maintenance of local area networks – wide area networks – cellular and satellite communication. And this focus area as well really dives in and examines the problem of efficient and safe transmission of information.

So total learning outcomes of the entire Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering program; again, it’s to design and conduct engineering experiments, design systems component or a process to meet the desired needs within realistic constraints. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems. How to communicate effectively, leverage state-of-the-art techniques, skills and tools necessary for engineering practice. And then of course it’ll analyze and implement complex interdisciplinary engineering projects. So with the right education an electrical engineer can become: some examples are a principal electrical engineer, a senior electrical engineer, electrical power project manager – and again, those are just some examples of certain positions that individuals could be skilled to go into, again with the right education.

Matthew Starr So let’s go through who’s actually teaching these classes. The lifeblood of any of our programs is our faculty. It is all GW faculty, we don’t farm it out for lack of a better term. A majority of our professors do hold doctoral degrees; many have their terminal degrees or some of their degrees from the George Washington University, so they’ve experienced the education we offer, they’ve benefited from it and they’ve stuck around to teach other students that are coming through programs. Many are award-winning, published of course, very highly respected members of their respective field. The professors that we have are also unique in that they bring a lot of practical, real-world experience in their respective areas of expertise. These aren’t just academics, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but they’re not just strictly academics. They’re people who have worked in the electrical engineering field or are engineers currently and also teach some classes at GW. So they’re bringing a lot of things into the classroom that is relevant; not just theory based, if you will. They’re incredibly accessible to students in the form of the live classes which will go through, e-mail, scheduled office hours, many will provide their phone numbers; very communicative. You really get an opportunity to build that relationship with your professors.

So in the course experience, let’s go through how we actually structure our online programs. What we have done is blend the online flexibility with the live classroom interaction. What I mean by that is, classes meet live online once a week at 6:30 PM Eastern for three hours for the 10 weeks of the class. Attendance to the live lectures is expected. If you miss one here or there because maybe you’re sick or you’re out for travel or something came up, faculty is usually pretty understanding. But again, attendance to the live lectures is expected. Each of those live sessions are also recorded, so you can go and if you do miss one here there and catch up. You can review it for study purposes, so there is that component of having all of them recorded for you. As I said classes are 10 weeks long, meeting once a week live. The terms that we offer – five per year. Spring 1 which is usually January, that’s the next one coming up. Spring 2 is usually in March. Summer is a five week accelerated term, usually around June or so, and the live classes meet twice a week instead of once a week. Fall 1 which is usually August and then Fall 2 which is October.

Terri Ignoffo Okay so we’ll touch on the support services that are available for our students in this program. We have a very robust center for career services. It offers a wide range of whether it be customized or individual career services that would include a coaching program, a super convenient online resume and interview critique workshop. Certain events, workshops really allows for additional networking opportunities and exposure. Our mentor program is also something widely utilized by our students. So this is in an e-mail forum, where the mentors will provide guidance, coaching, perspective that enhances the mentees, connections at George Washington University, allows them to feel a touch more connected to the community, again also provides itself networking opportunities as well. The writing center; this is where an individual can get feedback from trained writing consultants, who can help with specific research or writing projects. Very, very effective division of information technology – so this is where the students will get support on anything that has to do with their accounts, e-mail and calendar, anything that has to do with network, internet access, web collaboration, software and business applications, communications, backup and storage, research, computing and training. And then Gwiz allows the community members to access self-service knowledge about the technology and assistance within the Division of the IT services. And then last is our Gelman Library, and this offers digital library access. Students can have items sent to their home. Articles can be kept, accessed; books can be renewed up to three times.
Matthew Starr So we are now accepting applications as I said for our Spring 1 2019 term. The application deadline is December 17, so coming up in just about a month or so, and then classes will begin January 7 if you are accepted. So the reason for kind of that early deadline is the University does shut down for the holidays so if you are planning on applying, the quicker you get everything in, the quicker we can submit it for review and hopefully get a favorable decision for you and then you’ll be able to just enjoy the holidays and start classes on January 7.

So let’s go through the admissions requirements. Candidates for this Master’s degree ideally should meet the following requirements: you do need to have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field. So closely related is again, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electronics Engineering Technology, a degree that has a key emphasis in math, physics, computer science etc. And that is a pretty hard requirement just because of what is contained within this program. You need to have a grade of B- or better in two college-level calculus classes as well as a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

So in terms of the application overview and how to apply; it’s a fairly straightforward process. You’ll work with Terri or I on submitting your application. It takes about two minutes electronically. Three letters of recommendation need for be provided from professional and/or academic sources and we provide you a template form for that. A very brief statement of purpose and an updated copy of your resume. And then we need official transcripts from all attended schools whether or not a degree was earned and the reason the word “all” is underlined is because it does need to be every institution that you earned any college credit from, not just where you got your degree even if you transfer credit and those are listed; we are going to need a copy of everything.

Terri Ignoffo Great, so you apply, submit all of the supported enrollment documents and get a favorable admissions decision and are accepted into the program – what’s next? Essentially the accepted students would want to sign and submit the brief reply form that’s essentially accepting the offer of admission. There will be an ethics page that’s required to sign and submit. And there’s a $250 non-fundable tuition deposit. This is a deposit and not a fee, so it is applied to the first semester of tuition. And then to begin classes, there is a very comprehensive online orientation that will be sent out to prepare students to transition into the program smoothly and then they will receive a registration notice from our associate program manager.
Matthew Starr So I want to thank everybody for taking the time and listening today. We’re really excited about this program. Obviously it has a lot of really great potential and we hope that we’ll see some applications from all of you come through. That is my direct contact information but you can work with either Terri or me. Again we are accepting applications until December 17 for the term beginning January 7, so please reach out if this is something that you’re interested in pursuing or if you have any additional questions.

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