Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program
The Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program is a consortium of state universities providing televised graduate engineering courses and master's degree programs via NETWORK.VIRGINIA, a state-wide ATM network. The telecommunications system is two-way video and two-way audio between faculty teaching resident classes and students in classrooms throughout the Commonwealth. All classes are also videotaped for later viewing by students.
Throughout Virginia, the program is administered by host institutions and regional academic centers which provide classrooms and support services to students taking televised courses. Classes are received directly at a number of convenient classroom sites at company facilities as well.
Purpose of the Program
The Degree Programs
The following master's degrees are offered through the CGEP program:
Desktop Internet Delivery
Volgenau School of Engineering offers a number of courses in Computer Science and other disciplines via desktop Internet delivery. This needs only a typical Windows or Linux computer with sound card and an Internet connection (good modem connection is adequate). The instructor's voice and slides are delivered through your own computer, at home or office, in real time, and you can interact either by speaking or typing questions.
The program consists of graduate degree offerings in several disciplines of engineering and information technology by the five cooperating institutions: George Mason University, Old Dominion University (ODU), University of Virginia (UVA), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and Virginia Tech (VT). Engineering courses are offered by televised programming with two-way interactive video, audio, and data connection from live classrooms at ODU, UVA, VCU and VT. Several of these courses may be cross-listed with course offerings from George Mason, which also offers televised and web-cast instruction from the School and Engineering.
Spring 2014 Mason CGEP Courses
Not all courses are offered at all sites. Television courses are scheduled based on advance enrollments. If no advance registrations are received, it is not possible to guarantee that a class will be available. For the latest information on course offerings, see the Mason Schedule of Classes.
Further information on the CGEP program may be obtained from the web sites of the individual universities in the program:
Transfer of Graduate Credit
Students must take at least 50 percent of their courses from the school from which they will receive their degree. Transfer of all credit from courses offered from the other cooperating institutions is subject to prior approval by the student's graduate program advisor.
Participation in CGEP
Individuals who are currently enrolled at one of the CGEP member institutions are eligible to participate in the program through Mason. Mason requires prospective participants to request permission a minimum of 10 business days before the start of classes. The three step process is below:
Step 1: Download and complete the Mason CGEP Participation Request form. Pay special attention to the instructions and directions included on the form. Depending on your responses, you may be asked to complete/collect a number of items, including, but not limited to:
(1) Transcripts from your current degree program at a CGEP member institution (printout from student system is acceptable)
Incomplete forms may result in significant processing and approval delays.
NOTE: GRE, recommendations, and essays are not required as part of the CGEP participation request process at Mason. However, if you are not currently enrolled at one of the member institutions, you will be required to go through the regular admissions process at Mason before participation will be allowed and all regular admissions requirements will apply. If you need to apply for graduate studies at Mason, begin the admissions process first and visit http://volgenau.gmu.edu/graduates.
Step 2: Submit your completed participation request form and supplementary documentation before the deadline to:
Susie Mueller, CGEP Administrator
Please do not mail your participation request form to the admissions office!
Step 3: Once your participation in the program has been fully approved, you will be notified of instructions regarding your enrollment/registration. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully, and follow up with Masonís CGEP Administrator if you have questions.î
Find updated information on the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program and courses offered statewide at http://cgep.virginia.gov.
Mason Campus Resources
Correspondence and Information
Program information and the processing of applications is coordinated through:
Contact: Susie Mueller