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University of Mary Washington - Virginia Tech Collaborative Partnership

Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Science and Applications (csa)

 

The Virginia Tech College of Engineering is partnering with University of Mary Washington to help position students for mid-level and advanced positions in industries related to computing technology. By establishing an accelerated pathway of foundational courses at partner universities, currently enrolled students can be prepared for early admission to Virginia Tech’s MEng degree in computer science as early as spring of their junior year.  Once accepted these students during their fouth year can begin taking up to 6 credits from an approved set of courses from an approved set of courses that can be applied beyond the 120 required credit hours required for University of Mary Washington undergraduate degree towards their MEng degree (UMW course level approved: 4XX (max. 6 credits) from approved course list).

By outlining a clear pathway and course equivalencies, both the engineering and liberal arts student are able to participate in Virginia’s Tech Talent Pipeline.  Many students will find that they can complete their MEng degree in just one extra year. 

How to apply

Access to the program is limited to those enrolled at University of Mary Washington. Completion of the bachelor’s degree will be according to the requirements of University of Mary Washington, and completion of the MEng computer science and applications degree will be according to the requirements of Virginia Tech. Interested University of Mary Washington students must be in the second semester of their junior year by credit status, and have taken the CPSC  340 Data Structures and Algorithms before they apply to Virginia Tech’s CSA Collaborative UG/G program and be accepted. Applications must be submitted online, and fee waiver instructions will be provided as part of the online application process prior to submission. This process will allow all University of Mary Washington MEng applicants to apply without an application fee. Application to the MEng computer science and applications degree does not require submission of GRE scores. Further application requirements include: 

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of bachelor's coursework completed.
  • Statement of purpose, including career objectives.
  • A resume.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Transcripts, including official transcripts of all non-Virginia Tech coursework.
  • Completion of one of the approved Pathways below:
     

Pathways

Pathway for University of Mary Washington computer science and applications major students to the UMW/VT Collaborative UG/G CSA MEng

University of Mary Washington computer science undergraduate majors naturally meet the basic course requirements to apply for the UMW/VT Collaborative UG/G CSA MEng and undertake the process detailed above to apply for admission into the program.

Pathway for University of Mary Washington non-CSA Major students to the UMW/VT Collaborative UG/G CSA MEng

University of Mary Washington non-computer science majors may also be eligible to apply in their junior year and be accepted into the UMW/VT Collaborative UG/G CSA MEng program by completing a set of introductory computer science and applications courses. To be successful for admission, University of Mary Washington and Virginia Tech recommend that University of Mary Washington non-computer science and applications major undergraduate students complete the following courses by the secong semester of their junior year and maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0. These course pathways include the following scenarios:

UMW Course VT Equivalent
CPSC 110
Introduction to Computer Science
CS1064
Introduction to Programming in Python
CPSC 220
Computer Programming and Problem Solving
AND
CPSC 240
Object-oriented Analysis and Design
CS1114
Introduction to Software Design
CPSC 340
Data Structures and Algorithms
CS2114
Intro to Software Design and Data Structure

AS SOON AS YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION PLEASE READ AND DO THE FOLLOWING:

You should immediately complete and submit the Collaborative UG/G Degree and Course Designation Form. You will indicate on this form the courses that you intend to take during the Collaborative UG/G period. This form will be reviewed and signed by the Virginia Tech computer science and applications department graduate program director and an appropriate authority at University of Mary Washington. The signed Collaborative UG/G Status and Course Designation form will be sent to the VT Graduate School for processing. This completed form and the computer science and applications department admission recommendation with review from an appropriate authority at University of Mary Washington are required before an admission decision can be finalized by the Virginia Tech Graduate School.

Once accepted, the student should take up to 6 credits [of UMW 4xxx level courses beyond the 120 required credit hours for University of Mary Washington undergraduate degree] and earn a “B” from the following list of eligible courses for transfer to the MEng computer science and applications degree program. The Virginia Tech equivalent courses are also noted below.

UMW Course VT Equivalent
CPSC 415>
Artificial Intelligence
CS4804
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CPSC 420
Modeling & Simulation
CS4214
Simulation and Modeling
CPSC 425
Parallel Computing
CS4234
Parallel Computation
CPSC 435
Advanced Cybersecurity
CS4XXX
General Elective
CPSC 444
3D Computer Graphics
CS 4204
Computer Graphics
CPSC 445
Software Security
CS4XXX
General Elective

For questions or more information regarding the Virginia Tech MEng degree program, contact Virginia Tech computer science and applications MEng admissions.  For questions or more information regarding what courses to take at University of Mary Washington to be prepared for admission into the Virginia Tech MEng degree program, please contact University of Mary Washington computer science graduate program director, Ian Finlayson.

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