December 06, 2019

Technical Graduate Program Beginning in 2020

Catholic University’s School of Engineering has established a Memorandum of Understanding with Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division. The agreement creates a graduate program for select employees and will begin in the spring semester.    

Newport News Shipbuilding is a privately owned company that is solely responsible for the design, building, and refueling of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. With approximately $4 billion in revenues and more than 20,000 employees,  the company is the largest industrial employer in Virginia and the largest shipbuilding company in the United States.

“The School of Engineering has a long history of providing quality graduate education for employees of the Department of Defense, the federal agencies, and defense contractors. We are pleased to be able to continue these efforts with Newport News Shipbuilding,” said retired Vice Admiral Mel Williams, Jr., associate dean of engineering for professional programs.

The Catholic University of America School of Engineering will administer two Master of Science degrees in Computer Science — with concentrations in either software development or cybersecurity, each specifically for industrial control systems — to a cohort of 17 employees that have been selected by the company.

Students will complete 10 courses (30 credit hours total) by taking up to four courses per year over three years. Eight of the courses in each program are offered through the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, and two are through the Master of Science in Engineering Management program. The courses will generally be administered in a hybrid of in-person and online classes.  Summer sessions will primarily be administered face-to-face in Newport News, Va.