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Stevens Institute of Technology and Seton Hall University Announce Dual-Degree Program to Help Meet the Nation’s Need for Engineers

With artificial intelligence, robotics and quantum computing poised to dominate the technology industry, accelerated program provides seamless pathway for talented students to earn advanced engineering degrees

(Hoboken and South Orange, N.J. – Oct. 1, 2020) – Stevens Institute of Technology and Seton Hall University announce the launch of an innovative dual-degree program, offering students an opportunity to earn an accelerated bachelor’s degree in physics from Seton Hall and a master’s degree in engineering or artificial intelligence from Stevens in five years. This strategic academic partnership, from two neighboring institutions with a strong foundation in the liberal arts and technology, establishes a shared commitment to create a highly trained workforce in the science and engineering hub of this state and this nation.

Artificial intelligence, robotics and quantum computing are poised to dominate the technology industry. As engineering skills propel the nation forward, driving positive change, this interdisciplinary program provides a seamless pathway for science students to apply their knowledge into developing innovative products that can benefit society. The curriculum is designed for undergraduate students who will learn scientific principles and apply that knowledge to solving engineering problems, focusing on design and product development.

The innovative approach leads to an accelerated three-year bachelor’s in physics from Seton Hall University and a two-year master’s in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or artificial intelligence from Stevens. The program is open to current and incoming fall 2021 freshmen. Earning two degrees in five years will give students the skills and experiences to be more versatile and marketable when pursuing future employment or education. The institutions are in the process of expanding their offerings to develop additional dual-degree science and engineering programs.

“This program combines the distinctive strengths of both institutions to create pathways for even greater success for our students,” said Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., president of Seton Hall. “STEM education is vital to America’s global leadership in science and technology. This program offers a strong, technical, values-based education to meet the nation's growing need for classically trained engineers and scientists. Innovative partnerships like this one will continue to keep New Jersey at the forefront of excellence in higher education.”

“We are very much looking forward to this partnership with Seton Hall University,” said Christophe Pierre, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Stevens. “Our two institutions have significant synergies, and I am sure this will be the start of many more collaborations. I’m excited to welcome talented Seton Hall students to Stevens to further their education in engineering and to work with Seton Hall to develop their knowledge and critical thinking in STEM.”

Undergraduates at Seton Hall are guaranteed a seat in the program as long as they take the required courses and meet GPA requirements. After completing their bachelor’s, they will transfer to Stevens for a master’s in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or artificial intelligence. At Seton Hall, physics students will:

  • Gain real-world experience with internships at top employers like Alcatel Lucent Technologies, U.S. Department of Defense, Ford Motor Company, Lockheed Martin, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and more.

  • Work alongside faculty on cutting-edge edge research starting as early as freshman year. More than 80% of our students conduct research with faculty.

  • Benefit from opportunities to attend national conferences –– most times with Seton Hall paying all expenses. Last year alone almost 25% of physics majors traveled to conferences across the country.

  • Learn from renowned and innovative faculty like Dr. Jose Lopez. Rated as one of the 10 smartest people in New Jersey, he's an expert in plasma physics, receiving research grants from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and more.

  • Gain cutting-edge research experience with Dr. M. Alper Sahiner's research program in semiconductors and laser processing of solar cells in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), NIST, and IBM.

“Seton Hall is extremely proud to collaborate with Stevens Institute of Technology on this premier physics and engineering degree partnership and explore new opportunities to develop innovative interdisciplinary programs in the future,” said Katia Passerini, provost and executive vice president, Seton Hall University. “ Our vision -- as two distinguished institutions with a strong foundation in the liberal arts and technology -- is to prepare a new generation of talented STEM leaders from the State of New Jersey and across the nation who will play a major role in contributing to the progress of society and humanity.”

“At this point in our history, our nation and our society need technically-trained, creative problem-solvers,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “This partnership between Stevens and Seton Hall University addresses an urgent national need by providing a clear pathway for talented science students to complete a master’s degree in fields that are vital to our nation’s future. Stevens is delighted to partner with Seton Hall on this important program.”

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About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, New Jersey. Since our founding in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark of Stevens’ education and research. Within the university’s three schools and one college, 7,300 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate closely with faculty in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment. Academic and research programs spanning business, computing, engineering, the arts and other disciplines actively advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront our most pressing global challenges. As Stevens celebrates its 150th anniversary, the university continues to be consistently ranked among the nation’s leaders in career services, post-graduation salaries of alumni, and return on tuition investment.

About Seton Hall University

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be among the most diverse national Catholic universities in the country.

In recent years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. The University’s beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses Seton Hall’s College of Nursing, its School of Health and Medical Sciences as well as Hackensack Meridian Health’s Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

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Stevens Director of Public Relations: Thania Benios, [email protected], 917.930.5988

Seton Hall Media Relations Director: Laurie Pine, [email protected], 973.902.8060