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Participating universities are:

Through the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP), a working engineer can earn a master's degree in 3 to 5 years. Application is made to the school from which you wish to obtain your degree. Students can combine courses from the originating universities and the local supporting institutions to create individually appropriate programs of study.

All courses are regular university offerings. The degree, a Master of Engineering, is the same that would be earned by an on-grounds student. Students in the off-campus program are invited to attend graduation ceremonies when they have completed the program.

State Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program website

Offerings include Masters degrees, certificate programs, and non-degree, non-credit/seminar programs.

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How the Program Works

CGEP delivers graduate engineering courses to students located across the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.  Most courses are delivered simultaneously to students on-campus (Blacksburg, Northern Virginia or both) and off-campus via Webex.

To earn a degree using the course offerings of CGEP, an individual must apply for admission to and be accepted into a degree program at one of the five CGEP universities. The university that accepts an individual into a degree program becomes that student’s "home institution."

An up-to-date listing of the available degrees and application processes can be found through CGEP’s web site .

Virginia Tech Program Offerings

Commonwealth Campus:

Applying to the Virginia Tech graduate school under the Commonwealth Campus status enables students to take 12 semester hours before formal acceptance into a master's degree program. Each University offers specific master's degrees with little overlap. This program offers an excellent opportunity for working engineers to update skills or learn about a new technology.