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Board to consider master’s of cybersecurity

December 14, 2018

HUNTINGTON — The Marshall University Board of Governors on Thursday, Dec. 13, may decide whether to add a master’s of cybersecurity degree program to the College of Information Technology and Engineering.

The course would be the first master’s-level cybersecurity degree program in West Virginia, according to the board’s recommendation.

The degree would require 30 credit hours of graduate work, with a choice of concentration in network security, application security or security management.

The program aims at enrolling 70 students and graduating 28 students in the fifth year of the program. The proposed start date is spring 2019.

The program would create new pathways for students in existing bachelor’s degree programs across three colleges, from computer science to criminal justice.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 200,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions in the United States alone, with the rate of growth for jobs projected at 37 percent from 2021 to 2022. The average job growth rate is 7 percent. The cybersecurity market is expected to grow to a $170 billion industry by 2020.

According to the recommendation’s fiscal note, the program is projected to have new net revenue of more than $2 million in its first five years, with projected net revenue of $657,315 in the fifth year alone. Program and lab fees will cover any additional operating budget needs.

On Thursday, the board also will receive a budget report for the last three months of the year and an investments earning report.

An executive session for “naming opportunities” is also on the agenda.

The Marshall Boa rd of Governors meets at 10:30 a.m. in the Shawkey Room of the Memoria l Student Center every other month.

Follow reporter Taylor Stuck on Twitter and Facebook @TaylorStuckHD.

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