MU governors approve cybersecurity graduate program
HUNTINGTON - The Marshall University Board of Governors (BOG) approved plans Thursday, Dec. 13, for a graduate degree in cybersecurity, making Marshall the state’s first public university to offer a master’s-level degree program in the emerging discipline.
The College of Information Technology and Engineering’s Weisberg Division of Computer Science will administer the new academic program set to begin in spring 2019.
Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing fields in the world, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting more than 200,000 unfilled positions in the United States alone.
“This area of study is critical to meeting the online security needs around the world,” said Dr. Jaime Taylor, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “All of us are aware of the proliferation of cybersecurity events over the past few years and the havoc they create for businesses and individuals. We are pleased to offer the new Master of Science in cybersecurity, which will produce professionals capable of addressing these burgeoning issues.”
University officials say the new master’s program will also strengthen existing programs by creating exciting new pathways for students in existing bachelor’s programs across three of Marshall University’s colleges, including computer science, technology management, digital forensics and information assurance, electrical and computer engineering, management information systems, and criminal justice.w