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Growth in Degree Programs in Cyber, Data Analytics

Last month we reported on new cybersecurity degree programs approved by the West Virginia University Board of Governors, starting this fall at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Both Marshall University and the University of Charleston have also added programs in cyber and related data analytics fields.

Cybersecurity is one of the new high growth sectors identified in the WV Forward report, with tens of thousands of current and projected job openings in the private and public sectors.   Developing a cyber workforce talent pool improves economic development opportunities for the state.

Marshall University’s Weisberg Division of Computer Science will offer a new Bachelor of Science degree program in computer and information security beginning in the fall semester of 2018, with plans to add a master’s program in cyber in the fall of 2019. To learn more, click here.

Earlier this year, the Maier Foundation gave the University of Charleston a $1.2 million gift as start-up funding for a Data Analytics Laboratory and Program.  UC plans to integrate data analytics across its academic disciplines at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  To learn more, click here.