Engineering Curriculum

4+1 accelerated MEng program for JMU Engineering students

JMU has partnered with the Virginia Tech College of Engineering to help our students pursue an accelerated Masters of Engineering (MEng). Currently, enrolled students can be prepared for early admission to Virginia Tech’s MEng degree in Computer Science and Applications (CSA) as early as spring of their junior year.  

Once accepted, Engineering students can take up to 6 credits during their senior year that can count toward their  graduation requirements at JMU and as graduate credits toward their MEng degree at VT. 

Once students begin their MEng degree at VT, they can complete their coursework for the MEng degree in as few as 12 months: a fall, spring, and summer semester with a 9-credit course load. 

How to Apply

JMU students can apply in their senior year. To apply you'll need: 

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in the last 60 hours of Bachelor's coursework
  • Statement of purpose, including career objectives
  • A resume
  • Official transcripts

Once accepted, you can take up to 6 credit hours of 400-level coursework that will count toward your MEng during the last academic year (senior status equivalent) and earn a “B” from the following list of eligible courses for transfer to the MEng computer science and applications degree program. 

VT is offering a fee waiver, contact Jason Forsyth, for additional details. Students do not need to take the GREs to apply to the VT program.

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JMU courses that have equivalencies for the VT MEng program

JMU Engineering Course

VT Equivalent

ENGR 440: Mechatronics

ECE4XXX: Generic Elective

ENGR 445: Embedded System Design

ECE4XXX: Generic Elective

CS 432: Compiler Construction

CS4304: Compiler Design and Implementation

CS 452: Design and Analysis of Algorithms 

CS 4104:Data and Algorithm Analysis

CS 470: Parallel and Distributed Computing

CS4234: Parallel Computation

CS 444:Artificial Intelligence 

CS4XXX Generic Elective

CS 445: Machine Learning

CS 4824: Machine Learning

CS 457: Information Security

CS 4264: Principles of Computer Security

CS 458: CyberDefense 

CS 4XXX Generic Elective

CS 488: Computer Graphics Applications

CS 4204: Computer Graphics

500-level CS courses at JMU are forthcoming and will be submitted for evaluation by VT to determine equivalencies.

For questions or more information regarding the Virginia Tech MEng degree program in Blacksburg, contact the Virginia Tech Computer Science Graduate Program Director, Samantha Pipkin 

For questions or more information regarding what courses to take in preparation for admission into the Virginia Tech MEng degree program, please contact the James Madison University Engineering Advisor Jason Forsyth

Read more on the JMU/Virginia Tech partnership. 

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