Information for prospective students

Letter to new Chinese Students (Spring 2009)

你好:

我是Operations Design & Leadership 08届的学生。可以给你提供一些我们专业课教材的信息。

我觉得就专业课教材可以不用从国内带。因为每年基本上如果教课的老师不换的话(基本变动也不大),教材是不会变的,因此上一届学生都会有相关的电子版教材,你可以向学长们借阅或者拷贝。甚至从他们那里借到书去图书馆直接扫描电子版。如果教材变更的话,你可以通过图书馆的系统,免费向校外图书馆借阅扫描,或者几个人合伙在amazon上买一本旧书,总的来说书太沉,国内也不知道带哪些教材。所以我建议不用从国内带。

就学习状况,学校的自习条件肯定不会出现国内的疯狂占座情况,加上来的中国学生一般都会有学院提供的graduate assistant所以都会有一个大办公室提供,相对来说学习硬件还是有保证的。

希望对你有所帮助。

谢谢

张旭

同学你好,

我是在太傻上的帖子得到这个EMAIL地址的。

今天早上收到了09FALL,WPI, Operation Design and Leadership的小offer,$4800的GA。

我想请问一下在WPI的学长,WPI学校具体怎么样,周围的环境和就业?在管理学院的网页上看到,WPI的Engineering比较好,所以管理学科注重技术管理(Management of Technology (MOT)),能说下具体情况吗,真的想网页上介绍的比较有优势吗?

我本科学的物流管理,所以在选择这个专业的Supply Chain Concentration,学长可否介绍一下这个专业,读完要多长时间,教授们咋样,中间有实习的机会吗?就业如何?

谢谢了~~嘿~ 

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你好,

1. WPI位于Worcester, 离Boston不到一小时车程,纽约3小时多车程。 Worcester是MA的第二大城市,但是和国内感觉不同,没有高楼林立,多是小House。空气清新,治安条件还好,但偶有抢劫发生,但多是半夜。如果不喜凌晨游荡的话,no problem!
2. 关于名次:WPI去年名次下降至70多。
3. 就业:考虑到近来经济环境普遍萧条,就业前景不容乐观,但是要坚信是金子到哪里都会发光,如果你够强,工作不是问题。
4. 专业:完成学业要修满35学分(如果没有waiver),一年半到两年可修完,时间要根据自己情况掌握。课程多以team work and presentation为主,老师真正用于讲的时间不多。 实习是要自己去找的,学校不会安排。 考虑到现在的经济环境,不是很容易找到称心的。依个人经历,career fair的很多公司都是要engineering, CS专业的学生,针对supply chain management 的并不多。


希望对你有帮助


Bin Li
M.S. Operations Design and Leadership, Class '10
Department of Management
Graduate Management Assistantship
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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一源你好!

我是MOSODL supply chain方向。WPI总体来讲本科比较强,是个不错的学校。但是管理学院相对比较弱,没什么太大名气,也会有些影响就业,因为很多公司来招人主要都是找engineer,很少要管理的。

基本上1.5-2年读完,看自己选择。实习要自己找才行。现在美国整个就业形势都很差。学院的教授上课都比较用心,但个人认为如果想学supply chain,不太推荐,因为目前只有一个教授主攻supply chain的,operation方面的倒多一些。客观来讲,如果你有更好的录取,课程设置、faculty都强些的,还是去其他地方。

希望有帮助!

彭杉

CSSA的朋友:
    您好!我收到了WPI的MS in Operations Design & Leadership的录取通知.我有几个关于这个课程的问题想问,谢谢!
1.这个课程是1年还是2年的?我在学校的网站上看到国际学生是一年18个学分(Full-time status is 18 credits per year, or $19,602),按这样算的话,这个35个学分的课程我是要读2年吗?(其实,我也想读两年,毕竟觉得一年时间太短.)
2.我获得了GA,就是一年4800的那种,我想问,第一年实际要花多少钱.(住在学校,不买车,正常花消的前提下,学费按$1,089 per credit hour,一年18个学分来算)
3.在录取通知书里,写GA的内容是"the student working with a management faculty member in a research or administrative capacity",那具体的内容是干什么的呢?(我怕自己的阅读速度刚去到的时候跟不上,要是research的话,一下子给我看paper,我恐怕会没法完成.)
4.呃......还有就是很实际的就业的问题了.说下就业率和平均薪酬吧,就您知道的说下.谢谢!
5.这个课程大概招多少人?有多少中国人?
 谢谢您的帮助!
                                      a perspective student
7/2/2009

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金铭,

你好!我是MSODL专业的:)回答你的问题:

1. 这个项目可以1.5或2年毕业,自己选择

2. 我个人来讲每月花销不超过600(包括房租450),基本生活没什么问题。

3. GA的工作看分的教授不一样各人之间都有差别。有的当助教,有的助研。一般来讲不会有要度很多paper的活儿,不用担心。

4. 美国的经济现在普遍来讲很差。关于找工作的前景不乐观,具体的数据不清楚。之前说这个专业起薪90k+,那个数据的样本只有2个人,所以个人认为没什么参考价值。

5. 这个项目中国人比例蛮大,我们这届7个。也有一些full-time和part-time的美国人,但因为平时上课和MBA以及MSIT等几个项目的经常合在一起上,大家选的课也不太一样,所以我至今不清楚总人数。不好意思!

希望对你有帮助!

彭杉

Hello,
I applied for the master's degree. I just receive the admission from WPI. I have some questions.
1. Graduate students live on campus or off campus? How much do they spend on housing each month? Do they find the house before they come to WPI or after?
2. I cannot enter BBS. Is there any access for me to contact cssa?
3. WPI gave me the admission without financial support. Is that possible for me to become RA or TA? Or have some financial support?

Thank you very much.

Regards.

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Hi Irene,

1. Graduate students live off campus. Most of us find housing on our own around campus after arriving at Worcester. Most houses or apartments require leases (with different length in time, but normally more than 5 months), while there are also some without lease requirement, which means you can go any time and the landlord can also kick you out any time :)

Or you can apply for the properties owned by WPI around its campus which are mainly for Graduate students. Those houses don't require lease and would be paid on a monthly basis. Generally speaking, the school housing is a good choice. But you need to apply and wait in a line to get one.

2. As far as I know, there is no BBS for us or you. If you want to reach CSSA, email is the way.

3. Financial aid for graduate students highly depends on individual department. So it's better for you to specify your major and departments so that people from your department could help.

For your information, your email to cssa@wpi.edu will always reach every Chinese graduate student at WPI. I happened to be checking my email when I saw your email came. It's better for you to get in contact with one or some specific persons from your department so that they can answer your questions with better knowledge. That is why I asked you to provide this information.

Hope that helps!

Shan