Responding to a growing demand for “big data” and cyber security specialists, The University of Findlay will offer a Master of Science in Applied Security and Analytics. Classes will begin in the Spring 2016 semester.
The degree caters to professionals who are interested in increasing their leadership, technology and business skills for existing job enhancement or career advancement. Courses will focus on a variety of areas that range from secure coding and risk analysis to data analytics and visualization.
UF is the only institution in Ohio offering this master’s degree.
The program, featuring evening and online course options, is designed to be completed in two years, although students can take up to seven years of continuous study to do so. It requires the completion of 11 courses that focus on technical and professional skills.
As with UF’s existing computer science undergraduate program, an advisory board comprised of local industry leaders will ensure that this program’s offerings remain up to date with industry trends.
A master’s degree in applied security and analytics will enhance the background of current professionals by adding knowledge in the emerging areas of security and data analytics where demand far exceeds supply, and where an annual earning potential could exceed $100,000. Professionals with this training are integral to the efficient operation and success of corporations, government entities, educational institutions and other organizations that play a vital role in individuals’ daily lives.
“The need is strong in the State of Ohio and nationwide for individuals who possess a combination of strong technical and business skills and can contribute toward a changing world through innovative and ethical problem-solving,” said Mary Jo Geise, Ph.D., professor of computer science and co-chair of UF’s computer science program.
Applied security and analytics program applicants must meet certain criteria, some of which include
- Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate 3.0 grade point average, or a 3.0 grade point average associated with a previous master’s degree;
- Have a solid programming background that includes instruction in data structures;
- Possess fundamental database knowledge and have experience in using databases;
- Have a minimum of one year of work experience through employment or internship.
A detailed list of criteria and program information can be found at http://tinyurl.com/msasadegree.
The Master of Science in Applied Security and Analytics has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission.
For more information, contact Mary Jo Geise, Ph.D., at (419) 434-4554 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.