School of Engineering and Newport News Shipbuilding launch distance master’s program

The School of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering is partnering with Newport News Shipbuilding to offer the company’s engineers a commute-free path toward a master’s degree in VCU’s signature hybrid mechanical and nuclear engineering program.

Newport News Shipbuilding is the only designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. VCU is providing instruction to a 55-member cohort of NNS employees. Content is delivered synchronously, allowing the students to take master’s level classes remotely, but in real-time with the VCU professors.

“Newport News Shipbuilding has been a valued partner in the growth of our School of Engineering,” said Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Engineering. “We are pleased that we can thank them for their confidence in us by providing their engineers with the opportunity to earn an M.S. degree through this innovative use of distance learning.”

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