New England College Launches Two Degree Programs Looking to the Future
New Online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Hybrid Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics
New England College (NEC) announces two new degree programs designed to meet the needs of the modern world and to develop graduates who make a difference on day one of their careers: an online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and a hybrid Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics.
Students complete the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity one hundred percent online. Students in the Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics program meet one evening each week at NEC’s Manchester campus with additional classwork done online, making this hybrid model ideal for working professionals who desire a traditional classroom experience. Both programs are accepting applications with rolling admissions.
“The development of these programs shows New England College’s commitment to offering innovative academic programs,” explained Lisa Conn, Director of Graduate Enrollment in NEC’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies, which also manages online undergraduate programs. “NEC students want a high-quality education that fits their lives and makes them career ready. These programs check both those boxes and prepare students for two pivotal career fields that are growing today and are expected to continue to grow well into the future.”
There is projected to be a global cybersecurity workforce shortage that will reach close to two million positions by 2022, with shortages in nearly every area of cybersecurity. NEC’s online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity follows the Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) model. This model establishes core program standards and is sponsored by both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The program offers two tracks—a technical track for programmers, database specialists, and networkers, and a business track for project managers and other leadership roles—and it allows students to earn CompTIA certifications.
“We’re proud to have highly experienced instructors, some of whom are doing amazing cybersecurity work with partners outside of NEC, and our students will benefit from that,” added Rick Mitchell, Program Director for the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems at New England College. “Our graduates will be able to walk into a job interview and show practical, real-world proof of their cybersecurity training and readiness.”
The demand for data analysts in the United States is growing rapidly, with a projected shortfall of data scientists in the next decade alone of close to a quarter million positions. NEC’s hybrid Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics taps into a skill set that has seen increased global demand: the ability to extract meaning from data so that better, and smarter, decisions can be made across all aspects of an organization. Students in this program gain the acumen to make data and themselves strategic assets within a company.
“Our Applied Data Analytics faculty are industry experts,” added Conn. “We’re excited to offer this new program and help students— with or without data experience—become sophisticated decision makers in their organizations.”
New England College is known for developing students through opportunities to live what they learn, and these two new programs live up to that philosophy. In both, students see their chosen fields in action through real-world simulations, fieldwork, and more. Learn more about these exciting new programs at www.nec.edu/cybersecurity and www.nec.edu/masters.