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Listed below are the current academic programs offered at the Northern Virginia Center.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in the National Capital Region (NCR) offers the quality and challenge of a well-established and highly ranked program fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

Home college: Pamplin College of Business

Degree: MBA

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This degree concentration is designed to serve experienced executives seeking the advanced knowledge and skills needed to conduct high quality research on emerging business issues. Tailored for working professionals, this three-year part-time program provides students with an in-depth understanding of the scholarly literature in their chosen business discipline, training in relevant analytical research techniques, and experience in conducting original research embodied in a dissertation addressing a complex business problem.

Home college: Pamplin College of Business

Degree: Ph.D.

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CS offers convenient and flexible programs for working professionals. Evening classes meet once a week and students may take as few as one or as many as four classes each semester. The department currently graduates about 25 master’s/Ph.D. students each year.

Home college: College of Engineering

Degrees: MS, Ph.D.

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Virginia Tech has offered an Education curriculum for graduate students in the NCR since 1969. The program currently offers master's and doctoral programs for working professionals from the region's public and private school systems, universities, educational associations, and state and federal education agencies.

Home college: College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

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ECE offers both master’s and doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Students have two options available in the master’s degree program: the thesis M.S. degree and the non-thesis M.Eng.

Home college: College of Engineering

Degrees: MS, Ph.D.

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The Master of Engineering Administration Degree provides practicing engineers, scientists and other technical professionals with graduate level academic experience that prepares them for career advancement — in the management and administrative support of any technology-centric enterprise.

Home college: College of Engineering

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The MS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) focuses on three areas: Hospitality and Tourism Business Analytics and Revenue Management, International Hospitality and Tourism Strategy, and Entrepreneurship in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Home college: Pamplin College of Business

Degrees: MS, Ph.D. (business)

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Graduate programs and research activities within ISE are diverse, challenging, and highly productive. The department provides superior educational opportunities to qualified students and continually improves upon its already strong research and outreach programs.

Home college: College of Engineering

Degrees: MS, MEA, Ph.D.

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ISE Graduate Certificates:
Human-System Integration
Technology Managment

The IT master's degree requires 30 semester hours (10 courses) comprised of four required foundation courses (Object-Oriented Programming; Software Engineering; Fundamentals of Computer Systems; and Strategic Leadership in Technology-Based Organizations) and any three of seven available modules.

Degrees: MIT

Location: online

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There are two programs in MFT: a master's degree program (51-54 semester hours) and a non-degree post-master's certificate (21 semester hours). Master's degree students and post-master's certificate students take courses and clinical training together -- an arrangement beneficial to both.

Home college: College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Degree: MS

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The graduate programs in the ME Department at Virginia Tech provide quality mechanical engineering education through innovative research, faculty expertise, and practices that further expand and enhance students’ abilities in communication and problem solving, service and leadership within their profession, industry, and higher education.

Home college: College of Engineering

Degrees: MS, MEng, Ph.D.

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The nuclear engineering program (NEP) at Virginia Tech is a multi-disciplinary program with activities in nuclear power, nuclear nonproliferation and security, radiation therapy and diagnostics, and nuclear policy.

Home college: College of Engineering

Degrees: MS, MEng, Ph.D.

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STS is a growing field that draws on the full range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities to examine the ways that science and technology shape, and are shaped by, society, politics, and culture. Curriculum focuses on contemporary controversies, historical transformations, policy dilemmas, and broad philosophical questions to prepare students as productive and publicly-engaged scholars who advance research and make a difference.

Home college: College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Degrees: MS, Ph.D.

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Science and Technology Studies (Ph.D.)

Science and Technology in Society (M.S.)

The practice of Systems Engineering involves the application of scientific and engineering initiatives to transform an operational need into a defined system configuration through the interdisciplinary and iterative process of design, test and evaluation. Systems Engineering involves the integration of many different engineering and scientific disciplines in a total effort to plan, design, implement and provide life-cycle support for deliverables that can be characterized as complex systems and which enable enterprise performance in the customer/client operating environment.

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Other academic programs offered in the Greater Washington D.C. Area.

The Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) is an accelerated graduate degree program for working professionals that takes place over three semesters within one year. The program is taught as a hybrid of in-person/virtual meetings* and online individual and small-group work.  Students gather on campus in the Washington, D.C. metro area five times a year for three-day interactive study weekends, convene six times virtually for two-day meetings, and participate in a 10-day Global Study trip. XMNR students typically have demanding full-time jobs, which is why our curriculum is designed to help them improve their performance at work, advance their careers, and have greater impact in the world.

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The Online MNR is a 30-credit, virtual, and flexible degree program that prepares students for careers in environmental sustainability. The program combines online coursework and participation in a 10-day, face-to-face Global Study (an international trip, currently on pause in response to COVID-19) that takes the place of the typical professional graduate degree capstone project.

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SPIA offers a wide range of MA, Ph.D., and graduate certificates with classes in Blacksburg, the Washington Metropolitan Area, and Richmond. From our three unique learning locations, students are able to pursue their degrees part-time or full-time, benefitting from a flexible curriculum. They are also able to take full advantage of the enormous resources of Virginia Tech as a global university and leading research institution. No matter whether you are aspiring to a career in local or federal government, private industry, or the nonprofit sector, we have the ability to help you prepare and lead.

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Since 1980, the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center has served as an urban extension of the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design. The WAAC offers a unique professional learning environment with an interdisciplinary, international, individual focus. Our pedagogy emphasizes freedom and responsibility as partners in ethical design practice. Students have the freedom to choose their own studio and thesis projects, and take on the responsibility to realize those projects. We inspire students to chart their own career paths and become the architects or urban designers they want to become.

The WAAC offers three graduate degree programs: the M.Arch 2, Master of Science in Architecture (Urban Design Concentration), and PhD in Architecture and Design Research (Architecture Concentration).

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