The choice of the 12 courses, nine in technical mastery and three in professional skills, was based on industry feedback and an advisory board comprised of representatives from a variety of structural engineering firms. Kuder said the professional skills courses, engineering communication, ethics in engineering and project management, are unique requirements that are not required by other universities' programs. This is in keeping with SU's Jesuit mission to educate the whole person by "training well-rounded engineers, not just someone who can design something." The nine technical mastery courses were chosen to give entry-level engineers the breadth and depth needed to practice. The performance-based design course represents the wave of future in structural engineering, versus prescriptive-code driven ideas, said Kuder. The new master's degree can be completed in three quarters with classes scheduled from approximately 8 a.m. to noon, which leaves time for study and work. Employed professionals can also complete the degree in two years by taking two morning classes and maintaining their jobs.