PASSHE approves two graduate programs at Cal U
California University of Pennsylvania will offer two new graduate-level programs in high-demand fields.
Cal U’s career-focused Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Master of Science in Applied Mathematics were approved by the University’s Council of Trustees at a special meeting on Sept. 23, and by the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education today. Both programs will be delivered 100 percent online, with courses scheduled to begin in the Summer 2015 semester. Students can complete each of the programs in 18-24 months.
Cal U intends to secure the National Professional Science Master’s Association’s (NPSMA) Professional Science Master designation for both programs. According to the State System, “The PSM degree combines rigorous study in science or mathematics with professional skills-based coursework in business, management, communications, policy and other fields.” Instead of a thesis, students typically complete a collaborative research project, as well as an internship in the business, government or nonprofit sector.
California University’s 30-credit program in Cybersecurity addresses the growing need for specialists who can ensure the security, confidentiality and integrity of the world’s computing and information systems infrastructure. The program builds knowledge and technical skills in network security, teaches management and leadership skills, and develops an awareness of legal and ethical issues.
Driven by an increase in cyber attacks, the demand for cybersecurity specialists is growing rapidly in both the government and private sectors. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the demand at 135,000 new jobs in this field by 2018.
Cal U’s 30-credit program in Applied Mathematics responds to the need for professionals trained in advanced mathematics and “big data” analysis to work in business, industry and government. The program advances mathematics knowledge while developing technical, professional, management and leadership skills that can lead to employment as operations research analysts, statisticians, actuaries and mathematicians.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that job openings in math occupations will increase by about 16 percent annually through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
For more information about Cal U’s new graduate program in cybersecurity or applied mathematics, contact Cal U Global Online at email@example.com or call 866-595-6348.