New Jersey Institute of Technology: Distance Learning Programs In-Depth

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New Jersey Institute of Technology

Division of Continuing Professional Education eLearning—Extension Programs

Newark, New Jersey


Via eLearning, NJIT conducts full undergraduate and graduate degree programs, graduate certificates, and individual college courses using today's home electronics to provide the college experience. By virtue of the academic quality, focus, and advanced delivery format, NJIT helps adult men and women cross one bridge to knowledge acquisition leading to gainful employment.


Faculty/student eLearning communities are created on a computer platform (e.g., WebCT) that is then used by the professor to present course material in streaming-video clips, animations, and online quizzes and as a forum for discussions anytime and in real time with and among students. Students may also use CD-ROMs or internally produced, standalone videotapes as sources of additional course content. These discussions occur through NJIT e-mail or the WebCT conferencing system. NJIT eLearning recommends that students own a 486 DX100 personal computer with 16 MB of memory, a VGA monitor, a 500 MB hard disk, and a 56k kpbs modem. NJIT's eLearning programs also use interactive television, satellite video distribution, streaming video, and CD-ROMs.


With NJIT eLearning, students can obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems (B.A.I.S.), a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.C.S.), and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B.S.I.T.). The B.A.I.S. is a 129-credit program that enables students to apply computing and information systems principles to real problems in business and industry. B.A.I.S. graduates enter careers in accounting, environmental science, finance, manufacturing science, and marketing. The B.S.C.S. is a 134-credit program that equips students with the theoretical and practical elements of computer science. The core curriculum consists of 51 credits in computer science, while elective credit must be earned in engineering, mathematics, and science. The B.S.I.T. is a 127-credit program. The interdisciplinary field of information technology addresses the integration, design, deployment, and management of computing and telecommunications, as well as the development of technology infrastructures in organizations.

NJIT eLearning also offers Master of Science degrees in Computer Science (M.S.C.S.), Information Systems (M.S.I.S.), Engineering Management (M.S.E.M.), and Professional and Technical Communication (M.S. P.T.C.). Students seeking advanced training in artificial intelligence; graphics and image processing; software engineering; systems analysis, simulation, and modeling; or other subdisciplines may wish to enter the 30-credit M.S.C.S. program. The 36-credit M.S.I.S. allows participants to specialize in information systems analysis and design, software development, and software engineering methodology. Individuals with suitable technical qualifications who intend to assume a managerial role in the public or private sector may consider enrolling in the 30-credit M.S.E.M. program. The 30-credit M.S.P.T.C. program is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of technical communication. Students develop skills in communication theory, proposal writing, editing, graphics, multimedia, hypermedia, online publishing, and scientific writing.

Founded in 1881, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is New Jersey's technological research university. An international leader in scientific and technological education, NJIT educates students to become frontrunners in the global marketplace. The university seeks students who are seriously committed to education and can bring energy, creativity, and a practical outlook to solving today's pressing problems. The degree programs are demanding, rewarding, and highly regarded by employers.

NJIT was designated America's "Tier 2" National Research University by U.S. News & World Report. With more than 150 undergraduate and graduate courses, threaded discussion groups, lectures via CD-ROM, streaming videos, and more, NJIT course work is made available to students regardless of their geographic location. For the adult professional in particular, NJIT courses provide the flexibility and convenience needed to fit in with work, family, and community responsibilities. NJIT's customer-service orientation allows each student to receive the personal attention that is required for successful completion of a degree program or certificate.

The Institute also offers a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in management of technology.


NJIT awards graduate certificates in ten disciplines in their entirety via eLearning: computer networking, enterprise system modeling and design, information systems design, information systems implementation, Internet applications development, Internet systems engineering, practice of technical communications, programming environment tools, project management, business management fundamentals, and telecommunications networking. Each certificate, worth 12 graduate credits, can be used as a springboard to advanced-degree study at NJIT or elsewhere. Consisting of four courses, each certificate is in a topic area considered by today's corporations to be employable "hot tracks" through the year 2006.


Students may be awarded transfer credit at the time of admission for courses that were completed at other institutions and are equivalent to courses offered by NJIT. A minimum grade of C must be earned in a course in order to receive transfer credit.


Ninety-eight percent of NJIT's full-time faculty members hold the terminal degree in their field.


Admission policies for the NJIT eLearning programs follow the same admission criteria as do traditionally delivered NJIT academic programs. In general, admission on a nonmatriculated basis to an under-graduate course requires possession of a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Admission as a nonmatriculated student to a graduate course requires possession, at minimum, of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average that meets NJIT academic department standards for regular admission as a Master of Science degree candidate. In general, an acceptable grade point average is no lower than 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.


Undergraduate tuition is $278 per credit for New Jersey residents and $544 per credit for nonresidents. Graduate tuition is $520 per credit for New Jersey residents and $715 per credit for nonresidents. Graduate certificate students pay in-state tuition, regardless of location. The total for one eLearning course including fees is $1205 for an undergraduate course and $1950 for a graduate course. Tuition and fees are subject to change. For current tuition and fees, students should visit


NJIT's Office of Financial Aid provides counseling and administers loans, scholarships, and grants to qualified students. Federal and state programs and private, industrial, and university resources are utilized to support the university's financial aid programs. For more information, students should visit


Applications procedures vary depending on the program of enrollment and the applicant's status. First-time non-degree-seeking and graduate certificate students use the nonmatriculated application; continuing non-degree-seeking and graduate certificate students need only register for courses. For more information on the nonmatriculated process and application, students should visit Students may apply on a nonmatriculated basis by mail, by fax, or online.


Division of Continuing Professional Education
New Jersey Institute of Technology
University Heights, New Jersey 07102-1982
Telephone: 973-596-3061
Fax: 973-596-3203
Web site:

Degree-seeking students and non-degree-seeking students with more than 9 graduate or 15 undergraduate credits should use the matriculated application. For the matriculated process and application, students should visit To apply for admission on a matriculated basis, students should contact the Office of Admissions at 973-596-3300 or 800-925-6548 (toll-free) to request a degree application or use the online matriculated application form on the admissions Web site.

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