Integrated Engineering Program

Accelerated Integrated Engineering Master’s Degree for Non-Engineers & Engineers

Our Mission

We are on a mission to enhance greater inclusion of Blacks in the tech ecosystem through rigorous academic study and experiential learning.  We start in September 2022 with a curriculum Design Year. In September 2023, we launch a 2-year master’s engineering program.

Engineering for Everyone

An education in technology is critical for the future – whether in academia or industry.   

With a bachelor’s degree in STEM or the liberal arts you can join or transition into the technology ecosystem, this program is designed for you!

A WIT Education

Our uniqueness is born not only of our approach but in our philosophy of support for Black students whom we consider family.  We have high expectations, and we give you the tools to exceed them with the support you deserve. WIT graduates will be trained to think around, under, over and above challenges and will be equipped with the necessary tools to integrate technology and the humanities to build a better, more caring, world where we all can thrive.

The Program

Our Accelerated Integrated Engineering Program for non-STEM graduates integrates engineering courses with human-centered classes in leadership and management concepts, and engineering principles to manage industry challenges through real-world projects. 

Students take 15 units per semester over six semesters for a total of 90 credits over 24 months.

Our Program includes:

  • Space Studies: from general aviation to autonomous aviation at the Palo Alto Airport; 
  • Environmental Studies: from monitoring and testing of watersheds to the atmosphere at our Detroit River research facility in Grosse Ile on the Detroit River; 
  • The Internet of Things: from autonomous watercraft to telemedicine delivery systems utilizing our partner facilities and wireless spectrum in Rochester, MN; and Albany, GA;
  • Media: using our independent public TV stations in the Bay Area to promote our school, students, faculty and address the Silicon Valley community;
  • Agriculture: precision farming in Monterey County. (Anticipated July 2023);
  • Internships: NASA – which can lead to professional pathways.

You will take several core engineering courses across a variety of fields including:

   ▪︎ Introduction to Programming

   ▪︎ Applied Algorithms

   ▪︎ Engineering Mechanics

   ▪︎ Introduction to Logic Design

   ▪︎ Introduction to Software Engineering

   ▪︎ Electives based on areas of interest.

You also will have taken engineering courses across the following disciplines including:

  ▪︎ Biomedical Engineering

  ▪︎ Computer Engineering

  ▪︎ Mechanical Engineering

  ▪︎ Systems Engineering.

Requirements

This integrated engineering program has one requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM or non-STEM discipline.

A Design Year

The first 12 months of the program will include a small group of like-minded students (10-12) and faculty, together, who will design a student-centric curriculum and a unique academic experience – an accelerated integrated master’s engineering program based on student’s background, interests, and professional aspirations.  Students with liberal arts degrees who did not complete their STEM studies, will undertake STEM courses as directed by faculty.

Participatory Design Approach

A key element of a WIT education is our approach: we put students front and center in everything we do to ensure that our program meets students’ needs.

The traditional approach to learning whereby a lecturer acts as a gatekeeper, stands between you and the information you need and transfers that information to you is discarded.  Instead,  if you want to play an active role in your learning,  at WIT, the information is transferred to organically.  If this excites you, join us!

Why join the Design Year?

  ▪︎ Co-design a student-centric curriculum

  ▪︎ Experience real-world Projects

  ▪︎ Entrepreneurship Opportunities

  ▪︎ Silicon Valley Internship-to-Employment Pathways 

  ▪︎ Make lifelong friendships as you work on unique and exciting projects

  ▪︎ Combine your background with engineering for public good

  ▪︎Do engineering work from the very beginning of the program

  ▪︎ Prepare to transition to project management and leadership in engineering

  ▪︎ Be a pioneer

  ▪︎ Free Tuition

  ▪︎ Free Housing

  ▪︎ Stipend

The Second Year for Design Year Cohort

This 12 month period will see the implementation of the Design Program with learning in the integrated disciplines.  Also, learning projects will dominate. 

The Regular Two-Year Program

Our Accelerated Integrated Engineering program is a better approach to engineering education. It is a multi-disciplinary and design-project-based engineering master’s degree program. It is created to meet the demand for engineers skilled in various disciplines, combining aspects from traditional engineering studies and liberal arts. The demand arises from the current state of industry, where both the products manufactured and the plants which make the products are progressing towards greater diversity and sophistication. 

Our program is a major thrust in engineering education to ensure the breadth of learning beyond the technical aspects of the specialist engineering discipline. The student-centric curriculum emphasizes problem-solving, design, and the development of the learning skills of students.

Integrated engineers acquire background in core disciplines such as: materials, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and systems involving chemical, electro-mechanical, and biological components. That is layered to include leadership, project management, and communications skills.

Who is a good fit for this unique opportunity?

Generally, our students fall into one of these categories.

Non-STEM Graduate

(Liberal arts, humanities, social sciences)

Graduate with some STEM  

(Took some STEM courses out of interest/transferred out of STEM)

STEM Graduate

I want more engineering content and mastery.

As a liberal arts graduate, I want the environment and resources to support a successful transition into engineering.

I took courses in engineering – just because I was interested in them.

(You might already have some of the requirements so no retakes!)

I want the background and skills offered by the program.

I want to combine my interests and knowledge from different non-STEM areas with engineering.

I want to combine my first love – engineering – with my liberal arts education.

I am looking for project experience in the areas offered by WIT.

How long will it take me?

24 months

18-24 months

12-18 months

  • Do you like to figure out new ways of doing things?
  • Are you a builder who is passionate about understanding how to create and build stuff?  
  • Are you not sure of the exact direction you want to take, but are open to opportunities?
  • As a humanities graduate, are you looking for an opportunity to transition into engineering at the graduate level?
  • Do you want to combine your interests and knowledge from different non-STEM areas with engineering?
  • Do you enjoy pushing boundaries?
  • Are you a skilled problem-solver?
  • Do you enjoy hands-on projects?
  • Do you enjoy trying to figure out “why” things work?
  • Are you excited about the thought of working as part of a cohort on an exciting project?
  • Did you take courses in engineering – just because you were interested in them? If so, you might already have some of the requirements so no retakes!
  • Do you want to be in a fast-growing field that will shape the world?
  • Do you want to have fun as you explore and develop your passion for engineering?

Learn more

Informational Zoom Session

To book an Informational Zoom Session to speak with us.  Email us at ljones@wit.university.

Learn about:

  • What is WIT?
  • How is WIT different?
  • Do I qualify as an ideal WIT student?

Apply

Our application portal is open.  Apply here today

Requirements

To graduate, students need to complete 90 credits over 24 months made up of core engineering areas, technical electives, and projects. 

You will need to submit the following documents in English:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score within the last five years.
  • Personal Statement (500 words max).
  • Resume.
  • Transcripts.
  • Two letters of Recommendation.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report taken within the last two years (international students).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the size of the cohort?

A: We are selective and want the best students to be part of the program.   We are limiting the size of the first cohort to 10-12 students who will form the basis of the WIT program going forward.

 

Q: What type of students would thrive with a WIT education?

A: WIT students who are graduates in the humanities, social sciences or the arts who have a keen interest in engineering, but never thought they could transition into the sector as well as students who are excited about a WIT education.

 

Q: What is the significance of the Design Year?

A: The Design Year is the period during which students, faculty and industry leaders work together to design our unique curriculum.  You will be the central focus of the program. You will play an important role in the process as your input will shape the program to ensure you derive the maximum benefit.

If I don’t get on the Design Year, can I still study for the full program in 2023 when the two-year program begins?

Apply for the Design Year and if you are not a good fit for the Design Year, we will add you to the waiting list for consideration for the full program in 2023.  Alternatively, you can email us at ljones@wit.university.

 

Q: I don’t have any engineering courses.  How long will it take to complete the program?

A: The program will take 24 months.  Students start with core engineering courses.  These will be followed by specific courses to ensure an integrated engineering master’s program.  

 

Q: Why does the program work through two summers?

A: As non-engineering graduates, you will need the two extra semesters to ensure you complete core and higher-level engineering courses to satisfy the requirements for a master’s program. The 24 months apply to students who have not completed traditional STEM undergraduate courses.

 

Q: How can I learn more about the program?

A: More information is available at www.wit.university.  

We also offer live Zoom Informational Sessions.  Contact us at ljones@wit.university to schedule your session.