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Inspire to innovate. Empower to learn. Enable to succeed.

Defining 21st Century Learning for Professionals

From personal enrichment to career advancement, we believe lifelong learning is the vehicle of individual progress. As an academic unit of Georgia Tech, we give professionals — and the organizations they help power forward — multiple pathways to the world-class offerings at Georgia Tech. By leveraging our legacy as a technology, business, and innovation leader, our learners are evolving, adapting, and advancing at every stage of their careers.

21k+
graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in online degree programs
350+
courses and certificate programs offered in STEM and business fields.
11k+
guests and over 111 events at The Global Learning Center per year.
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World Class Education

Get the best of both worlds — academic rigor and hands-on practical training.

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MEET OUR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Our executive leadership team works closely with the Dean, Dr. Nelson Baker, to provide strategic counsel as well as oversight of the division's academic programs, business operations, development, learning systems, and student affairs.
Nelson Baker, dean of professional education
Nelson Baker, Ph.D.
Dean, Professional Education

Nelson Baker is the dean of GTPE and associate professor in the university’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Stephen M. Ruffin, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Stephen Ruffin collaborates with faculty and the Georgia Tech community to develop world class academic programs for Georgia Tech Professional Education.

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Stephen Harmon, Ed.D., associate dean of research
Stephen Harmon, Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Research

The appointment of Stephen Harmon marks a unique collaboration between GTPE, C21U, and the College of Design, the three units he serves.

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Diane Lee, executive director of Georgia Tech-Savannah
Diane Lee
Executive Director of Georgia Tech-Savannah

Diane Lee manages the daily campus operations while working with regional community and business leaders to assess the educational needs of Coastal Georgia.

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What We Offer

We offer professional development courses, certificate programs, and online master’s degrees to career-focused individuals in STEM, business, and leadership fields worldwide. We are a proven partner for organizations, providing training on site to help shape their workforce and solve relevant real-world problems. Our programs are engaging and rigorous, and include the technological and educational excellence that have earned Georgia Tech an international reputation.

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Where We're Located

Most in-classroom courses and programs take place at the Global Learning Center (GLC) in the heart of Tech Square - Atlanta's thriving innovation community. The GLC is our home and the facility of choice for corporate meetings, conferences, and other events. We also have a satellite campus at Georgia Tech-Savannah that includes fully equipped classrooms and meeting facilities offering video conferencing and streaming technology.

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The Lifetime Learner

The Lifetime Learner

Spotlighting the industries, trends, and skills driving disruption in education, the workforce, and the people in them.
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Leveraging Data to Win the Game
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New Director Named for Cyber-Physical Systems
Saman Zonouz, Ph.D. has been named director of the Cyber-Physical Systems track for Georgia Tech's Online Master of ...
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Masters of Analytics - Life 2.0 with Douglas Trent
Douglas Trent is Senior Data Scientist in the Office of the CIO at NASA’s Langley Research Center, leading teams to ...
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Executive Director Named for Online Master's of Science in Cybersecurity
Brenden Kuerbis, a research scientist II in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts School of Public Policy, has been...
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The Complexities of the Cyber Landscape
With technology rapidly evolving and computer and network systems becoming more intricate, there is a high market de...
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6 Tips for Work-Life Balance as an Adult Learner
“With a full-time career, three kids, and working on a master’s degree, my time is spread thin. I want to ensure that...
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From Family Legacy to Personal Passion
If there were ever an example of someone living fully in the present while keeping a trained eye on the future, that...
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Georgia Tech Named a Premier Authorized Training Partner for the Project Management Institute (PMI)
Having met rigorous requirements for training quality and effectiveness, Georgia Tech is now a Premier Authorized...
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Meet Darrell Kent: Supply Chain Professional and Instructor
Georgia Tech Supply Chain Institute works with ORTEC, a global software and analytics company, to present the Supply...
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Professional Education Names New Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) has named Stephen M. Ruffin, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Chair for...
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Taking Care of Your Employees in the Hybrid Era
Globally, workplaces, regardless of industry, are facing a momentous shift. While the pandemic was a catalyst for pr...
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The Great Return: Resources to Help Adapt to Hybrid Work
Back in mid-March 2020, news of the COVID-19 outbreak suddenly changed the face of a global workforce. Seemingly ove...
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Additional Information

Accreditation
Accreditation

For information on Georgia Tech’s institutional accreditation see gatech.edu/accreditation.

NC-SARA Approval

The Institute has been approved by the state of Georgia to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establish comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

Impact
Impact Reports

Georgia Tech Professional Education has been serving working professionals' and industry partner education needs on behalf of Georgia Tech for over 100 years, including offering Distance Learning starting in 1977. Our annual Impact Reports showcase our growth and success stories advancing the people and organizations we serve.

View the 2021 FY Impact Report

View the 2020 FY Impact Report

View the 2019 FY Impact Report

View the 2018 FY Impact Report

View the 2017 FY Impact Report

View the 2016 FY Impact Report

View the 2015 FY Impact Report

View the 2014 FY Impact Report 

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