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U.Va. Offers New Master’s Degree In Northern Virginia

February 2, 2000 -- The University of Virginia has launched a new master’s degree program in Northern Virginia that will help technical professionals and business executives mine and analyze data to identify new business opportunities.

The executive master’s degree in systems engineering -- offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Systems Engineering -- provides advanced training that will enable graduates to build sophisticated analytical computer models to sort through mounds of data, identify critical facts and trends, and lead to better business decisions.

Designed in consultation with Northern Virginia business executives, the program is taught by full-time U.Va. faculty from the Engineering School and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration using the case-study approach. The curriculum draws material and methods from the fields of business, systems engineering and information technology and encourages classroom discussion of students’ real-life business challenges.

"We are pleased to offer this cutting-edge program to help businesses in northern Virginia retain top talent while developing the skill sets they need to continue competing successfully in a fast-paced, technology-driven business environment," said Richard W. Miksad, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The executive-format, residential program is designed for full-time professionals who have a solid grounding in technology. Held at Xerox Document University west of Herndon, the program runs on alternating weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) for 20 months.

Seventeen students enrolled in the first class last fall. Enrollment is now open for the second class, which will matriculate in September 2000. The current capacity is 30 per class.

For more information, contact Christina Mastrangelo, program executive director, at (804) 924-4488 or at cm4m@virginia.edu; Bill Scherer, program academic director, at (804) 982-2069 or wts@virginia.edu. Visit the program web site at: http://www.sys.virginia.edu/weekend/

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (804) 924-6858

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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