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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: About Wentworth

The Institute

For more than a century, Wentworth Institute of Technology has offered a first-rate education in preparation for career success. While educating its students to work with industry-standard technology, the Institute has always operated under the most basic canon of traditional principles: You learn something best by doing it.

Wentworth is a nationally recognized, private, coeducational institution offering master’s, bachelor's, and associate degrees, in addition to certificate programs, to more than 3,900 full-time students each year. More than 50,000 students—who have assumed leadership roles in a multitude of professions in industry, education, and government—have graduated since Wentworth opened its doors in 1911.

At Wentworth, we are dedicated to the Five Factors of Career Success, which include focused academics, cooperative education, innovation and entrepreneurship, collaboration and partnerships, and ideal location. Our students are adept at collaborating with others, and they graduate from Wentworth with the ability to lead with confidence and contribute to society in meaningful ways.

Wentworth consists of four colleges: the College of Architecture, Design and Construction Management; the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Engineering and Technology; and the College of Professional and Continuing Education. 

Wentworth offers bachelor's degrees in 17 majors: Applied Mathematics, Architecture, Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Business Management, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Networking, Computer Science, Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, Industrial Design, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Interior Design, and Mechanical Engineering. Sixteen minors are also offered. Wentworth offers six master's degree programs including: Master of Science in Applied Computer Science, Master of Architecture, Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering, Master of Science in Construction Management, Master of Science in Facility Management, and a Master of Science in Technology Management.

The Institute fields 17 NCAA Division III varsity athletic teams. The average class size is 20, and students currently hail from 38 different states and 60 countries.

As a fundamental part of a Wentworth education, the Institute requires students to complete two cooperative (co-op) education semesters in work placements with an option for a third. Co-op experiences can take place anywhere in the world and are always related to the career major of the student, preparing them for postgraduate work or further study.

Wentworth co-op students and graduates are sought after for their demonstrated abilities to quickly become productive members in the workplace, for their technical problem-solving skills, and for their educational preparation to adapt to changing technologies. More than 40 percent of Wentworth students are offered post-graduate, full-time employment by their co-op employers.

A part-time class schedule is also available through the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE). CPCE offers evening, weekend, and online courses and programs for working adults who wish to complete their undergraduate degrees, supplement their skills, or earn a graduate degree. The Institute’s practical orientation has made these programs particularly attractive to current employees who want to develop the updated skills necessary to advance professionally.

Wentworth's 31-acre campus on Huntington Avenue in the Fenway section of Boston is located near the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Symphony Hall. Wentworth is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium, which also includes Emmanuel College, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MCPHS University, Simmons College, and Wheelock College.

The Institute was founded in 1904 through a bequest from Arioch Wentworth, a Boston merchant, and held its first classes in 1911.

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission

Wentworth’s core purpose and mission is to empower, inspire, and innovate through experiential learning.

Vision

Wentworth envisions a future in which it is nationally recognized as the university of choice for externally collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary learning.

Wentworth’s Fundamental Values

At Wentworth, our core values reflect that we are student-centered, that we are passionate for real-life, hands-on teaching and learning, and that innovation and creativity are at the center of what we do. We express these three core values as "Students first," "The world is our classroom," and "Thinking without a box."

Accreditation

Wentworth Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality, which is periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one that has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and provides reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial, but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance regarding the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.  Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA  01803-4514
(781) 425 7785
E-Mail:  cihe@neasc.org

Wentworth is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Council on Education, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the National Commission for Cooperative Education.

College of Arts and Sciences

Wentworth Institute of Technology has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

The following degrees are accredited by IACBE:

  • Bachelor Degree of Science in Business Management

College of Architecture, Design and Construction Management

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs: a one-year Master of Architecture (pre-professional degree + 36 graduate credits, for internal candidates); a two-year Master of Architecture (pre-professional degree from a NAAB accredited school + 70 graduate credits, for external candidates); and a three-year Master of Architecture (for candidates with an undergraduate degree in a field other than Architecture, or an architecture degree from a school without a NAAB-accredited degree). The next accreditation visit for all programs is in 2018.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Construction Management (BSCM) is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Interior Design (BINT) is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Industrial Design (BIND) is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Wentworth Institute of Technology has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

The following degrees are accredited by IACBE:

  • Bachelor Degree of Science in Facility Planning and Management

College of Engineering and Technology

Wentworth programs in Civil Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Programs in Computer Science and Computer Networking are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Wentworth programs in Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, Engineering – Interdisciplinary, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

For more information on the accreditation of individual degree programs, please contact the academic department offering the program, or contact the Engineering Accreditation Commission, Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission, or the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET at:

415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-347-7700

The Wentworth Model

In order to fulfill its mission, and to prepare students for the world in which they will live, Wentworth has established the following general education learning outcomes as the institution’s definition of an educated person. 

After completing their general education curriculum, students will be able to demonstrate competence in:

  1. Written, oral, and visual communication
  2. Problem solving
  3. Information literacy skills
  4. Applications of ethics to decision-making
  5. Logical thinking and scientific and quantitative reasoning
  6. Critical analysis of scientific, historical, and social phenomena and aesthetic dimensions of humankind

Day Programs

Wentworth’s curricula have been structured to:

  • allow students to enter a baccalaureate degree program directly from high school
  • allow transfer from another institution of higher learning with the possibility of receiving advanced standing credit

At the end of their sophomore year, day baccalaureate students have the opportunity to participate in Wentworth’s optional pre-cooperative work semester prior to entering their junior year. The cooperative education model, in which students complete two co-op work semesters along with their academic degree requirements, is both a Wentworth tradition and a graduation requirement.

To ensure that the student learning goals are being achieved, the Institute’s undergraduate curricula incorporates a core of general studies. Baccalaureate students in day programs are required to take, at minimum, one course in basic mathematics, one laboratory science course, three communication courses (English I, English II, and advanced writing), five courses in the areas of humanities and social sciences, an introduction to major/profession seminar, and a capstone requirement. Several course offerings, including the capstone requirement, independent study, directed study, and design and project courses, provide opportunities to senior and fifth-year students to demonstrate competency in innovative problem-solving situations, and proficiency in analytical writing and presentation skills. Team and/or interdisciplinary projects, with clearly defined individual responsibilities, are encouraged.

Within this framework the day baccalaureate curricular structure for four- and five-year programs mandates that courses will not exceed five per semester and will be at least 12 credits, but no more than 19 credits per semester. Academic credit will be based on the current academic semesters (14 weeks of classes and one week of exams) with one hour of lecture or recitation equal to one credit and two hours of laboratory or studio work equal to one credit.

2017-2018 Programs of Instruction

Bachelor of Science (B.S.):

  • Applied Mathematics (BSAM)
  • Architecture (BSA)
  • Biological Engineering (BE)
  • Biomedical Engineering (BBME)
  • Business Management (BSM)
  • Civil Engineering (BSCE)
  • Computer Engineering (BSCO)
  • Computer Information Systems (BSIS)
  • Computer Networking (BSCN)
  • Computer Science (BCOS)
  • Construction Management (BSCM)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSEE)
  • Electromechanical Engineering (BELM)
  • Engineering (BSEN)
  • Facility Planning and Management (BFPM)
  • Industrial Design (BIND)
  • Interior Design (BINT)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.):

  • Architecture (MARC)

Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering (M.Eng. CE):

  • Civil Engineering (MECE)

Master of Science (M.S.):

  • Applied Computer Science (MSACS)
  • Construction Management (MSCM)
  • Facility Management (MSFM)
  • Technology Management (MSTM)

College of Professional and Continuing Education

The curriculum model for the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) is structured to:

  • provide access directly into either an associate, bachelor's, or master's program based on the student’s previous academic preparation and educational and goals
  • provide access to preparatory courses prior to beginning an academic degree program
  • provide learning opportunities that are convenient and appropriate for adult learners who are currently working and seeking career advancement through education and/or training 
  • provide support for student learning through our academic advising, Center for Academic Excellence, and student support services

To ensure that learning outcomes are achieved, the Institute has developed a curricular structure that incorporates a core of general studies. In accordance with these general study guidelines, students are required to take, at minimum for an associate degree, two mathematics courses, one laboratory science course, one computer literacy course, two communication courses, one humanities or social science elective, and ten prescribed courses related to their discipline. 

To receive a baccalaureate degree, in addition to completing the associate degree requirements, students must complete, at the baccalaureate level, one mathematics course, one course in professional communication, three courses in the area of humanities and social sciences, one general elective course, one course in engineering economy, one course in professional practice, nine prescribed courses related to their discipline, and a capstone course. This capstone requirement for graduating seniors provides an opportunity to demonstrate competency in problem-solving situations, proficiency in analytical writing, and presentation skills. Team and/or interdisciplinary projects, with clearly defined individual responsibilities, are encouraged.

Within this framework of general studies, the curricular structure has been designed to permit students to take two courses per semester, in either the seven-week term format or the traditional 15-week semester. Both formats enable students to complete their graduation requirements as their schedule permits. Academic credit will be based on the credit award for each course.

2017-2018 Programs of Instruction

  • Professional Certificate (P. Cert.)
  • Professional Land Surveying

New Certificate Programs

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.):

  • Architectural Technology (AAT)
  • Building Construction Management (ABCM)
  • Engineering Technology (AENT)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.):

  • Building Construction Management (BBCM)
  • Facility Management(BSFM)
  • Project Management (BPM)

Master of Science (M.S.):

  • Applied Computer Science (MSACS)
  • Construction Management (MSCM)
  • Facility Management (MSFM)
  • Technology Management (MSTM)

Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering (M.Eng. CE)