New MSU Computing Technology Degrees Make Landing Cutting-Edge Jobs a Reality

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Exciting opportunities await individuals seeking cutting-edge roles in computing technologies, and Mississippi State University is introducing three innovative degree programs this autumn to propel students toward professional achievement.

MSU’s fresh offerings include a Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity, a Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence, and a Master of Science in Applied Data Science, providing students with practical training in swiftly growing occupations projected to outpace average job growth over the next 12 years.

The university currently houses established programs such as the Bachelor of Cybersecurity, Bachelor of Data Science, and a Master of Cybersecurity and Operations.

“As a comprehensive public research university, we are dedicated to ensuring the relevance and excellence of all our programs, equipping our students to enter the workforce fully prepared upon graduation,” stated MSU’s David Shaw, Provost and Executive Vice President. “Our commitment involves a thorough examination of employers’ needs and workforce requirements to deliver top-quality academic offerings.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts approximately 377,500 job openings until 2032 in computer and information technology roles, with a median annual wage of $104,420 as of 2023, significantly exceeding the median for all occupations at $48,060. The demand stems from both employment expansion and an aging workforce.

This autumn, MSU is rolling out three additional bachelor’s degrees in applied science—business office technology, healthcare administration, and public management. Tailored for individuals with completed or ongoing two-year college or military Associate of Applied Science degrees, these offerings enhance opportunities for varied fields.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects about 377,500 openings through 2032, on average, in computer and information technology occupations. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

With online, in-person, and hybrid learning options, these applied science degrees cater to the needs of working professionals and transfer students with technical backgrounds, offering a blend of flexibility and academic rigor.

Additionally, a new graduate degree geared towards educators has joined MSU’s academic portfolio—the Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Level Alternate Route, addressing statewide teacher recruitment challenges due to critical shortages in over 100 public school districts.

New Degree Programs: A Closer Look

—The B.A.S. in Cybersecurity equips individuals with the expertise and skills to become cybersecurity analysts, blending theoretical knowledge with hands-on application to combat cyber threats.

—Students pursuing the B.S. in Artificial Intelligence gain comprehensive training in designing and developing artificial intelligence systems, offering a diverse skill set for careers in technology, healthcare, and various other industries.

—The Master of Applied Data Science program targets working professionals from diverse academic backgrounds, equipping them with practical data science skills applicable across multiple industries.

—The B.A.S. in Business Office Technology prepares A.A.S. degree holders for managerial roles in office settings, combining online and face-to-face formats to cater to a wider population.

—Individuals with health-related A.A.S. degrees can pursue the B.A.S. in Healthcare Administration, preparing them for managerial positions in healthcare organizations.

—The B.A.S. in Public Management aims to advance the careers of professionals in public safety areas, providing opportunities in various managerial roles.

—The M.A. in Teaching Elementary Level Alternate Route focuses on equipping educators with the necessary skills to excel in elementary education.

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