Bradley University

Introduction
AACSB Accredited


Founded by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in the liberal and fine arts, the sciences, business, communications, education, engineering, technology and the health sciences. A residential campus of 5,700 students, Bradley is known for its excellent teaching and commitment to student success. Bradley University links academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit for a world-class education.

Mission, Vision & Core Values

Vision

Bradley University will be an institution of national distinction known for outstanding programs and for the educational experience it provides its students.

Mission

Inspired by founder Lydia Moss Bradley’s commitment to useful learning and ethics, Bradley University educates leaders, innovators, and contributors to the well-being of all humanity.

Core Values: The Heart of the Bradley Experience

  • Excellence: Bradley is a dynamic educational community that values excellence in teaching, research, creative production, applied scholarship, and service that transcends the classroom with immediate benefit to students and the campus community and with enduring benefits for students and the world.
  • Leadership: The Bradley community is dedicated to the success of our students and their development into tomorrow’s leaders who will recognize the importance of teamwork toward successful outcomes.
  • Innovation: Bradley University actively seeks out the development and implementation of new research directions, programs, and partnerships to enhance the educational experience of our students thereby deepening their understanding of the world and inspiring them to benefit humankind.
  • Globalization: Bradley University is committed to providing knowledge and skills for life work that will promote the common good of humankind and lead to informed and principled participation in the global marketplace.
  • Collaborative Learning: Bradley University is dedicated to sharing knowledge across traditional boundaries. Faculty and staff build upon a strong foundation of the world’s knowledge. Our University offers exciting interdisciplinary and collaborative learning opportunities to insure that our students receive a breadth and depth of classroom and experiential knowledge and practice. We are committed to the success of our students and to collaborative scholarship between faculty and students.
  • Community: Bradley University has a cohesive community that effectively brings together faculty, staff, students, and alumni as valued members of the Bradley family. There is a collective responsibility for the success of the University and all its constituents. Success is facilitated through the University’s respectful and caring environment.
  • Diversity: Bradley University represents a diverse learning community that acknowledges the importance of respect and understanding of all individuals.
  • Experiential Learning: As delineated in the university’s mission statement, Bradley University maintains a century’s old commitment to useful learning and ethics; this is manifested in a variety of experiential learning opportunities for students, including internships and co-op experiences, service-learning initiatives, and many additional curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities.
  • Entrepreneurship: Bradley University’s distinctive combination of strong academic programs and emphasis on collaborative and interdisciplinary study yields positive experiences for students and faculty to succeed in entrepreneurial initiatives and opportunities.
  • Service: Along with leadership, service is one of the hallmarks of the Bradley University experience. The University is committed to serving individuals, families, and the surrounding community through curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities and opportunities.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Accreditations

Accredited by 22 national accrediting agencies, including the Higher Learning Commission. A complete list of accreditations is available at the accreditation section.

Students & Campus

Quickfacts

  • 77 buildings on an 84-acre campus
  • Located in the historic West Bluff residential neighborhood
  • One mile from downtown Peoria
  • Eight miles from the Peoria International Airport

Faculty

  • More than 350 full-time faculty members
  • Full-time faculty with doctorate or terminal degrees: 85%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1

Average class size

21 students

Practical Information

Tuition and expenses

  • 2014-15 tuition: $30,500
  • 2014-15 total (tuition + $9,420 room & board + $344 fees): $40,264

Financial assistance awards
Received by more than 85% of Bradley students

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Programs

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Master

Masters in Industrial Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 18 months September 2016 USA Peoria + 1 more

The master’s program of industrial engineering has a mission to educate leaders and managers with the knowledge and tools to enable them to assist any organization to continuously improve its system and processes. Their training will allow them to benefit organizations by reducing operational cost while providing superior quality services and products. [+]

Program Mission The master’s program of industrial engineering has a mission to educate leaders and managers with the knowledge and tools to enable them to assist any organization to continuously improve its system and processes. Their training will allow them to benefit organizations by reducing operational cost while providing superior quality services and products. Role of Industrial Engineers The role of the industrial engineer is to effectively and efficiently utilize software technologies, machine tools, math and scientific concepts, and human resources in order to solve problems, provide products or services at minimal cost, and produce on time at the optimum output level to satisfy customer demands. The industrial engineering master’s program (MSIE) at Bradley is designed to broaden the career paths of our students in manufacturing fields, financial organizations, health care and service industries, entertainment enterprises, government occupations, or non-profit industries. An education at Bradley offers knowledge regarding not only increasing profits based on continuously improving the sector’s system, but also reducing waste and product defects for increasing productivity. A list of possible industrial engineering careers for master’s degree holders are outlined, but certainly not limited to, the following: Industrial engineers at UPS are the world’s best communicators, as they train drivers to understand the importance of production and delivery output, use queuing theory to design on-time package delivery systems, and devise simulations or supply chain tools for their system integration tasks. Industrial engineers at Disney Parks ensure accessibility for Disneyland customers and enjoyment of the most value-added time in each attraction with minimal lead time. Further, the implementation of green systems is formulated to meet the needs of customers. Industrial engineers at Caterpillar, John Deere, or Boeing design best facility and process plans for new products, provide manufacturability analyses, and create cost analysis process planning. Industrial engineers in these organizations are also taking leadership roles in conducting life-cycle management and green engineering initiatives toward environmentally-friendly projects. Industrial Engineers at the Mayo Clinic re-engineer facility and process planning for the emergency room to reduce both patient waiting time and doctor/nurse travel time. These efforts eventually minimize heath cost and maximize throughput. Industrial engineers also use ergonomic principles to create flexible beds and chairs to accommodate the varying needs of patients. Industrial engineers serve as managers in small and medium-sized industries because they understand the management of people and resources, internal and external customer perspectives, effective communication skills, and important business practices and ethics. Most of all, they have the ability to continuously improve the entire system, from working with materials, tools, and technologies to successfully managing staff and human resources. Educational Development for Future Success MSIE at Bradley not only provides a self-constructed program of study for each student based on his or her career interests, but also encourages graduate students to conduct research projects to expand their knowledge in a specific field. The independent research and project management skills gained through this type of training are considered key core competencies of engineers in any organization. MSIE students will be encouraged to begin research projects early in their academic training in order to foster interactions between faculty and students and increase chances for industry or federal agency-funded projects. Financial Assistance The Graduate School awards scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships on a competitive basis to graduate students. Awards range from partial tuition support to full tuition support that may include a stipend. Students seeking financial assistance should apply according to the deadlines set by the Graduate School at www.bradley.edu/grad. Faculty Faculty in the MSIE program share the same core values to provide the best curriculum and classroom experience possible. Our diverse staff represents varying academic experiences and areas of expertise. This provides a wide range of research opportunities to meet specific student needs, allowing them to not only understand the theory but also grow through industrial or practical projects. The faculty education background can be found here. Expert Research Support Two full-time technicians with mechanical and computer networking expertise aid the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering & Technology. They support the MSIE faculty and graduate students with a multitude of project needs, such as creating fixtures for prototype developments, assisting in networking, and preparing specimens for experiments. Degree Requirements The program offers students three options: thesis, research project, and a courses only option. The thesis option and the research-project option each require a total of 30 credit hours. The all-course option requires a total of 33 credit hours. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required for degree completion. Credit hours must be fulfilled as follows: A. Core courses - 9 credit hours IME 511 Engineering Statistical Methods 3 IME 512 Design and Analysis of Experiments 3 IME 514 Introduction to Operations Research 3 B. Thesis (6 credit hours), research project (3 credit hours) – not required for all-course option IME 600 Seminar R/0 Periodic research presentations; all graduate students are required to enroll for this class Thesis Option IME 699 Thesis Work 6 Research-Project Option IME 691 Research 3 Both thesis and project options should lead to a scholarly publication which must demonstrate comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of a topic in a concentration. It should be suitable for submission to a refereed publication acceptable to the Program of study (POS) committee. A thesis involves more extensive and in-depth research than a research-project. For more detailed information on these options, please refer to the following document. (Rules for Thesis and Project Options) Responding to input received from industry and our alumni, the masters of Industrial engineering program (MSIE) has been modified to allow students to select from one of the following concentrations: 1) Systems Engineering Concentration 2) Engineering Financial Management Concentration This document provides definitions and rules relative to research-projects, theses and comprehensive exams to be completed by students in the graduate programs in the IMET Department. C. Concentration courses (Min of 12 credit hours from any one of the concentrations) Systems Engineering Concentration (1) IME 515 Linear Programming 3 (2) IME 522 Manufacturing Quality Control 3 (3) IME 526 Reliability Engineering 3 (4) IME 561 Simulation of Man-Machine Systems 3 (5) IME 566 Advanced Facility Planning 3 (6) IME 583 Production Planning Control 3 (7) IME 585 Human Factors Engineering 3 (8) IME 587 Occupational Safety and Health 3 Engineering Financial Management Concentration (1) IME 501 Engineering Economy and Costs 3 (2) FIN 522 Introduction to Finance 2 (3) FIN 622 Financial Management 3 (4) FIN 624 Capital Budgeting 3 (5) FIN 625 Financial Analysis 3 D. Elective courses Remainder of the credit hours should come from the list below a. Any 500-600 level course(s) offered in the IMET Department b. Any other graduate level course(s) in the University with consent of the project/thesis adviser [-]

Masters in Manufacturing Engineering

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Peoria

The master’s of manufacturing engineering program at Bradley University provides students with professional robust design and continuous improvement principles. The program gives students the ability to improve integrated systems, optimize manufacturing processes, adopt state-of-the-art materials, and produce superior quality products at minimal cost. By working closely with both constituencies and students, the department combines theoretical learning with hands-on application to keep students – and the organizations they benefit – globally competitive in today’s economy. [+]

Program Mission The master’s of manufacturing engineering program at Bradley University provides students with professional robust design and continuous improvement principles. The program gives students the ability to improve integrated systems, optimize manufacturing processes, adopt state-of-the-art materials, and produce superior quality products at minimal cost. By working closely with both constituencies and students, the department combines theoretical learning with hands-on application to keep students – and the organizations they benefit – globally competitive in today’s economy. Role of Manufacturing Engineers Manufacturing engineers (MfE) are the intermediaries between consumers and the production floor. As the key personnel who understand the relationship between the Voices of the Customer (VOC) and the Voices of the Products (VOP), their leadership and management skills are critical in determining optimal processes, minimal production costs, superior products and customer satisfaction. Further, MfEs enhance production by eliminating waste; establishing standardized operations; creating safe, green working environments; and providing training and development to the workforce. The manufacturing engineering (MSMfE) master’s program at Bradley University is designed to broaden the career paths of our students in manufacturing sectors. This sector is comprised of all organizations engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. A list of possible manufacturing engineering careers for master’s degree holders includes, but is not limited to, the following: Manufacturing engineers at the Caterpillar Technical Center develop new processes that can be used in the development of new products. By optimizing process maps, they ensure that the best procedures are developed and implemented. Manufacturing engineers at 3M support the production facility’s efforts to increase product quality and reliability through constant reassessment and refinement of the manufacturing process. In the R&D department, they also develop manufacturing methodologies and equipment for products and subassemblies. Manufacturing engineers at General Mills develop automated production lines integrated with on-line quality control and safety inspection to guarantee that the cereals, snacks, and other such consumables they produce are safe, nutritional, and profitable products. Manufacturing engineers at Pella Cooperation facilitate Product-Process-Production (PPP) development teams to design products while taking into account merchandise functions, production processes, and efficient assembly practices. These efforts result in organized one-piece-flow manufacturing systems that minimize floor space to meet delivery deadlines. Manufacturing engineers at Toyota Motors Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. build pokayoke (defect prevention) devices to ensure smooth operations in the assembly line. By using PLC and sensor-related knowledge, they create damage prevention devices that automatically halt the line when errors are detected. They also create ergonomic tools to ensure the safety and efficiency of operators. Manufacturing engineers at Ecolite Manufacturing West (Moreno Valley, CA) develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing methods using their design skills and familiarity with materials, fabrication processes, tool and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality assurance. Their work also includes applying lean manufacturing principles to develop efficient assembly equipment and operations. Educational Development for Future Success MSMfE at Bradley not only provides a self-constructed program of study for each student based on his or her career interests, but also encourages graduate students to conduct research projects to expand their knowledge in a specific field. The independent research and project management skills gained through this type of training are key core competencies of engineers in any organization. MSMfE students will be encouraged to begin research projects early in their academic training in order to foster interactions between faculty and students and increase chances for industry or federal agency-funded projects. Faculty Faculty in the MSMfE program share core values to provide the best curriculum and classroom experience possible. Our faculty of varying academic experiences, and areas of expertise provide a wide range of research opportunities to meet specific student needs, allowing them to not only understand the theory but also grow through industrial or practical projects. The faculty education background can be found here. Expert Research Support Two full-time technicians with mechanical and computer networking expertise aid the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering & Technology. They support the MSIE faculty and graduate students with a multitude of project needs, such as creating fixtures for prototype developments, assisting in networking, and preparing specimens for experiments. Degree Requirements The program offers students three options: thesis, research project, and a courses only option. For more detailed information on these options, please refer to the following document. (Rules for Thesis and Project Options) The MS degree has a minimum requirement of 30 semester hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 for degree completion. Credit hours must be fulfilled as follows: A. Core Courses – 3 Credit hours (one from the following list) IME 511 Engineering Statistical Methods 3 IME 512 Design and Analysis of Experiments 3 B. Thesis (6 credit hrs), Research project (3 credit hrs) – not required for all-course option Thesis Option IME 699 Thesis Work 6 Research-Project Option IME 691 Research 3 Both thesis and project options should lead to a scholarly publication which must demonstrate comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of a topic in a concentration. It should be suitable for submission to a refereed publication acceptable to the Program of Study (POS) committee. A thesis involves more extensive and in-depth research than a research project. Responding to input received from industry and our alumni, the masters of Manufacturing engineering program (MSMFE) has been modified to allow students to select from one of the following concentrations: 1) Production Engineering Concentration 2) Manufacturing Management Concentration Rules for Thesis and Project Options This document provides definitions and rules relative to research-projects, theses and comprehensive exams to be completed by students in the graduate programs in the IMET Department. C. Concentration courses (min. 15 credit hours) Production Engineering Concentration (1) IME 531 Polymer and Ceramic Materials and Manufacturing Or IME 533 Composite Materials and Manufacturing 3 (2) IME 541 Advanced Forming Processes 3 (3) IME 543 Advanced Material Removals Processes Or IME 547 Advanced Joining and Fabrication 3 (4) IME 553 Advanced CAM 3 (5) IME 555 Computer Integrated Manufacturing System 3 (6) IME 590 Geometric Modeling Or IME 592 Tribology 3 (7) IME 595 DFM & Tool Design 3 Manufacturing Management Concentration (1) IME 501 Engineering Economy and Cost Engineering 3 (2) IME 522 Manufacturing Quality Control 3 (3) IME 524 Six Sigma Theory and Methodologies 3 (4) IME 555 Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems 3 (5) IME 581 Lean Manufacturing System Design 3 (6) IME 586 Advanced Logistical Supply Chain Systems 3 (7) IME 566 Advanced Facility Planning 3 (8) BMA 602 Organizational Behavior 3 D. Elective courses The remainder of credits must be taken from the list below: a. Any 500-600 level course(s) offered in the IMET Department b. Any other graduate level course(s) in the University with consent of the project/thesis adviser [-]

MS in Computer Information Systems / MS in Computer Science

Campus Full time September 2016 USA Peoria

MS in Computer Science Students are taught how to gather and analyze requirements, design, develop and test software systems, and devise new innovations and applications in computing. MS in Computer information systems Computer information systems is a discipline that focuses on information technology and a wide variety of scientific, engineering, and business applications; the mathematical requirements for computer information systems are not as rigorous as they are for computer science because there is less focus on theoretical foundations. [+]

MS in Computer Science Students are taught how to gather and analyze requirements, design, develop and test software systems, and devise new innovations and applications in computing. In addition to meeting all the general requirements of the Graduate School and of the department as stated above, candidates for the master’s degree in computer science must satisfy the following requirements: At least 21 of the 33 required hours must be earned in courses labeled CS. At most, six hours may be earned in approved courses other than those labeled CS or CIS. To satisfy the core (breadth) requirement, four courses must be taken, one from each pair given below (either by taking the course or showing evidence of the completion of an equivalent course elsewhere): CS 520 or CS 625 CS 590 or CS 591 CS 514 or CS 612 CS 561 or CS 571 To satisfy the depth requirements, the student must take three courses from one of the concentrations offered by the department. No course taken to satisfy the core requirement (see item 2) may be counted as one of the three courses in this requirement. For admission into the computer science program, a student must have the approval of the department and have completed: discrete mathematics at least two semesters of calculus, matrix or linear algebra at least one semester of calculus-based statistics at least 15 hours of computer science coursework including knowledge of one structured or object-oriented programming language, elementary data structures, assembly language, advanced data structures, and introductory computer architecture. MS in Computer information systems Computer information systems is a discipline that focuses on information technology and a wide variety of scientific, engineering, and business applications; the mathematical requirements for computer information systems are not as rigorous as they are for computer science because there is less focus on theoretical foundations. In addition to meeting all the general requirements of the Graduate School and of the department as stated above, candidates for the master’s degree in computer information systems must satisfy the following requirements: At least 21 of the 33 semester hours required must be earned in courses labeled as CIS. At most, six hours may be earned in approved courses other than those labeled CS or CIS. To satisfy the core (breadth) requirements, a student must either take the following courses or show the evidence of having completed equivalent courses elsewhere: CIS 530, CIS 575, CIS 580, CS 591. (CS 531 and CS 590 are recommended). Take one of the following courses: CIS 697, CIS 698, or CS 690. To satisfy the depth requirements, the student must take three courses from one of the concentrations offered by the department. No course taken to satisfy the core requirements (see items 2 and 3) may be counted as one of the three courses in this requirement. The admission requirements for the computer information systems program are: one semester of calculus one semester of statistics, and two semesters of computer programming [-]

MSc

Master of Science Biochemistry

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2016 USA Peoria + 1 more

The biochemistry M.S. program is ideal for chemistry and biology majors who wish to advance their knowledge and professional careers by taking advanced work in biochemistry and related disciplines. In addition to challenging coursework, our program emphasizes a long-term mentored research project culminating in a written thesis and oral thesis defense. The program is designed to cultivate excellent laboratory skills, effective communication and students’ capacity for critical thought. We have a full faculty complement that includes two bona fide biochemists, as well as several others whose research has biochemical relevance. We have top-notch facilities and instrumentation for infrared, fluorescence, and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopies; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; electrophoresis; centrifugation; PCR; electroporation; microscopy; thermal analysis; atomic absorption spectroscopy; liquid and gas chromatography; and mass spectrometry. [+]

Program Overview The biochemistry M.S. program is ideal for chemistry and biology majors who wish to advance their knowledge and professional careers by taking advanced work in biochemistry and related disciplines. In addition to challenging coursework, our program emphasizes a long-term mentored research project culminating in a written thesis and oral thesis defense. The program is designed to cultivate excellent laboratory skills, effective communication and students’ capacity for critical thought. We have a full faculty complement that includes two bona fide biochemists, as well as several others whose research has biochemical relevance. We have top-notch facilities and instrumentation for infrared, fluorescence, and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopies; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; electrophoresis; centrifugation; PCR; electroporation; microscopy; thermal analysis; atomic absorption spectroscopy; liquid and gas chromatography; and mass spectrometry. Program Requirements Candidates for the M.S. degree must take a minimum of 31 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry and related subjects. Of these hours, 8 semester hours must be devoted to original research. A publishable thesis, based on this research, is required for graduation. Individual programs of study are developed in conference between the student, the thesis advisor, and the graduate coordinator. Faculty Research Interests Details about individual faculty and their interests can be found in Faculty & Staff menu. Estimated Time to Complete the Program Students carrying full-time course loads can reasonably complete the program in two to three years. Part-time students may take up to a maximum of five years to complete the program. [-]

Master of Science in Biology (MS)

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2016 USA Peoria + 1 more

The Department of Biology offers a Master of Science degree to students who wish to advance their knowledge in the field, to enhance their professional careers, or to prepare for subsequent post-master's programs. The department offers graduate courses in most biological disciplines, in keeping with the philosophy that advanced work across the breadth of the field is appropriate at the master's level. In addition, since research is the cornerstone of Biology, each student is required to complete a thesis based on original research. [+]

Program Overview The Department of Biology offers a Master of Science degree to students who wish to advance their knowledge in the field, to enhance their professional careers, or to prepare for subsequent post-master's programs. The department offers graduate courses in most biological disciplines, in keeping with the philosophy that advanced work across the breadth of the field is appropriate at the master's level. In addition, since research is the cornerstone of Biology, each student is required to complete a thesis based on original research. Program Requirements A student desiring a MS in biology must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate work. A minimum of 26 hours will be in biology; the remaining hours can include cognate courses (e.g., in education, psychology, or computer science) approved by the graduate coordinator. Twelve hours must be taken at the 600 level. The student must also pass a comprehensive oral exam focusing on basic biology content, the science content of the research proposal and the science content necessary for the student to successfully complete the proposed research. The student must also complete an independent research thesis and enroll for 1 hour of Thesis Proposal Development (BIO 500) and for 6 semester hours of thesis (BIO 699). Please see the Graduate Catalog for complete program requirements. Estimated Time to Complete the Program Students carrying full-time course loads can reasonably complete the program in two to three years. Part-time students may take up to a maximum of five years to complete the program. [-]

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

Campus Full time Part time 18 - 24 months September 2016 USA Peoria + 1 more

The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction offers an MSCE degree program that prepares graduates for thriving engineering careers characterized by continued professional growth. Our graduates are given unique opportunities to acquire the talents and skills needed in a highly technical society facing serious uncertainties and challenges in the environment and infrastructure. Our program provides students with the broad scope necessary for a fruitful and successful career in the practice of civil engineering and construction management. [+]

Program Overview The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction offers an MSCE degree program that prepares graduates for thriving engineering careers characterized by continued professional growth. Our graduates are given unique opportunities to acquire the talents and skills needed in a highly technical society facing serious uncertainties and challenges in the environment and infrastructure. Our program provides students with the broad scope necessary for a fruitful and successful career in the practice of civil engineering and construction management. Program Requirements The MSCE program has a minimum requirement of 30 semester hours. Students may study in one of three areas of concentration: construction management, structural, or geo-environmental/water resources. Students have an option of selecting a thesis or a non-thesis option. The thesis option requires 6 semester hours of CE 699 (Thesis). The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 6 semester hours in an area of concentration. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination during the last semester of study, students seeking the thesis option are required to make oral defense of their thesis instead. Estimated Time to Complete the Program Students carrying full-time course loads can reasonably complete the MSCE program in one and one-half to two years. Students carrying a part-time course load have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program. Faculty Research Interests Details about faculty and their research interests can be found on the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction web site. [-]

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

Campus Full time Part time 18 - 24 months September 2016 USA Peoria + 1 more

The Electrical Engineering program is structured to provide graduates with a balanced technical background in core areas of modern electrical engineering and significant experience in advanced design via a thesis or a project. The department has excellent computer and laboratory facilities to support advanced studies in key areas. Students work closely with a faculty advisor in tailoring an overall program best suited to their background and interests. Course sequences, design projects, and research are available in applied electromagnetics, communication theory, control theory, digital systems and computers, electronics and microprocessor applications, signal processing, and wireless components and systems. [+]

Program Overview The Electrical Engineering program is structured to provide graduates with a balanced technical background in core areas of modern electrical engineering and significant experience in advanced design via a thesis or a project. The department has excellent computer and laboratory facilities to support advanced studies in key areas. Students work closely with a faculty advisor in tailoring an overall program best suited to their background and interests. Course sequences, design projects, and research are available in applied electromagnetics, communication theory, control theory, digital systems and computers, electronics and microprocessor applications, signal processing, and wireless components and systems. Program Requirements The MSEE program has a minimum requirement of 33 semester hours. All students must do either a thesis or design project. Please see the Graduate Catalog for a detailed description of the MSEE program requirements. Estimated Time to Complete the Program Students carrying full-time course loads can reasonably expect to complete the MSEE program in one and one-half to two years. Students carrying part-time course loads have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program. Faculty Research Interests Detail about faculty and their research interests can be found on the department page. [-]

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

Campus Full time Part time 18 - 24 months September 2016 USA Peoria + 1 more

The Mechanical Engineering program is designed to strengthen the ability of students to solve complex technological problems in a creative way by broadening students' knowledge, providing in-depth study in an area of concentration, and complementing theoretical study with relevant and significant research and/or design. Students will concentrate in either the mechanical systems design area or in the area of energy systems/thermosciences. State-of-the-art research lab facilities and software packages are available in the areas of heat transfer, mechanical vibrations, solar energy, energy systems, computer aided design, robotics, and microprocessors. [+]

Program Overview The Mechanical Engineering program is designed to strengthen the ability of students to solve complex technological problems in a creative way by broadening students' knowledge, providing in-depth study in an area of concentration, and complementing theoretical study with relevant and significant research and/or design. Students will concentrate in either the mechanical systems design area or in the area of energy systems/thermosciences. State-of-the-art research lab facilities and software packages are available in the areas of heat transfer, mechanical vibrations, solar energy, energy systems, computer aided design, robotics, and microprocessors. Program Requirements A total of 30 graduate credit hours is required to complete the Mechanical Engineering program. Students who choose the course-only option will be required to complete the 30 graduate credit hours through coursework only. Students who choose one of the two research options must complete the 30 hour requirement with at least 24 graduate credit hours of coursework and up to 6 graduate credit hours of research (i.e. ME 681/ME 682 research project or ME 699 thesis). For all students, the total graduate credit hours must include one graduate mathematics course that must be approved by the student's advisor. Courses in statistics, numerical methods, and engineering analysis are applicable to this requirement. Each student must demonstrate fundamental knowledge through either a Comprehensive Examination or Thesis Defense. Each student must choose to focus on one specialty area out of the following: Mechanical Systems Design, Thermal Sciences, or Applied Science. For a more detailed explanation of the MSME program requirements, please see the Graduate Catalog. Estimated Time to Complete the Program Students carrying a full-time course load can reasonably expect to complete the program in one and one-half to two years. Students carrying a part-time course load have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program. Faculty Research Interests Detail about faculty and their research interests can be found on the department page. [-]

MS in Accounting

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2016 USA Peoria + 1 more

Gain the skills you need to Be More, with a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Bradley University: Acquire the skills and knowledge (and the 150 required hours) to achieve your CPA certification and jump-start your career progression. <br> Expand your accounting knowledge, explore new interests or current specializations, and develop your leadership skills to become a more valuable asset to your organization. <br> Be more competitive in the job market. Bradley MSA graduates are at work today in a wide range of settings—from the Big 4 and large corporations to local accounting firms, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. <br> Be prepared to meet professional practice challenges within public, private, and not-for-profit organizations with a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Bradley University. [+]

Gain the skills you need to Be More, with a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Bradley University: Acquire the skills and knowledge (and the 150 required hours) to achieve your CPA certification and jump-start your career progression. Expand your accounting knowledge, explore new interests or current specializations, and develop your leadership skills to become a more valuable asset to your organization. Be more competitive in the job market. Bradley MSA graduates are at work today in a wide range of settings—from the Big 4 and large corporations to local accounting firms, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. Be prepared to meet professional practice challenges within public, private, and not-for-profit organizations with a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Bradley University. Become CPA Ready As you achieve your MSA degree you will simultaneously complete the 150-hour educational requirement needed to sit for the CPA exam. You’ll also gain the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve your CPA certification. Bradley graduates are prepared, with CPA pass rates consistently higher than the national average. Prepare To Move Ahead The MSA curriculum offers a combination of accounting and business administration courses to prepare you for the increased responsibilities of a managerial role. And, with a wide range of electives to choose from, you can customize your education to meet your current interests or develop a new area of specialization. New elective courses are frequently added based on the counsel of public and private accounting professionals who regularly advise the Accounting Department faculty on current issues within the profession as well as the most desirable skill sets for accountants today. Learn from Active, Experienced Faculty Unlike larger institutions, all graduate accounting classes are taught by professors, not graduate students. As practicing accountants, all Accounting Department faculty hold at least one major accounting certification (e.g., CPA, CIA, CMA, CFE). In addition to staying current on issues of accounting within general business usage, our faculty focus their teaching and research within defined accounting specializations. This focus allows each professor to offer MSA students the most current knowledge and information. Benefit from an Individual Focus At Bradley, you benefit from access to professors who live locally and are available in person for questions, discussion, and one-on-one meetings. Special research projects and independent study also offer additional, individualized opportunities for mentoring. Curriculum The MSA Program requires 30 semester hours of study, which includes a minimum of 15 credit hours in accounting and a maximum of 15 credit hours of elective courses. Designed to accommodate both pre-professional students and working professionals, the MSA program offers the flexibility to customize a course of study to meet your specific interests and needs. Throughout the program you’ll expand your critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills as you utilize current tools within the profession to research and solve accounting problems. Time Frame Students with an undergraduate accounting degree can complete the MSA within one year as a full-time student or two years as a part-time student. Most MSA program classes are taught during the afternoon and evenings. In addition to traditional Fall and Spring semesters, courses are also offered during the January and Summer interim sessions. Students may enter the program in August, January, or during the Summer. Information regarding important dates within each semester or interim session is located in the academic calendar. Learning Environment You’ll engage with the MSA curriculum through a balance of case study analysis, lecture, and group or individual projects. A class size of 25-30 students assures diversity and allows professors to provide individual attention and mentoring. An emphasis on the exchange of ideas between faculty and students fosters a rich learning environment within the classroom. Inclusive Services Bradley MSA students receive the personal attention of our dedicated staff as well as the following services: Graduate Student Association membership and benefits, tutoring as needed, job search assistance from the Smith Career Center, use of the Markin Center recreational facility, assistance from Computing Services, and access to the Student Health Center. [-]