Graduate School New Programs
Graduate school introduces two new master’s degrees
The University of West Florida is launching two new graduate degree programs in direct response to an increased workforce demand in the STEM field. Beginning in Fall 2019, the UWF Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering will offer a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Master of Science in Engineering.
“Offering these new degree programs demonstrates UWF’s continued mission to expand academic disciplines in a thoughtful way, and we are eager to see the positive outcomes of this initiative,” said Dr. George Ellenberg, provost and senior vice president.
The establishment of the new master’s degree in cybersecurity within the Department of Computer Science demonstrates UWF’s commitment to address the critical cybersecurity workforce shortage across the nation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 28 percent growth in jobs for this field nationally through 2026. UWF currently offers a Master of Science in Information Technology-Cybersecurity specialization, which has doubled in enrollment numbers in the last three years.
UWF is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the NSA and DHS and serves as one of eight Cybersecurity CAE Regional Resource Centers across the nation. This program prepares graduates to be leaders in the protection of data assets and in the analysis of potential threats to systems and networks.
The fully online program will offer foundational coursework for students entering the program from fields other than computer science or computer engineering. Students will gain fundamental knowledge and skills in the techniques, policies, operational procedures and technologies that secure and defend the availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality and nonrepudiation of information and information systems and the development of secure software systems.
UWF’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering are collaborating to offer a Master of Science in Engineering. Northwest Florida is home to one of the highest concentrations of engineering jobs in the U.S., with numerous military bases, technology companies, and research laboratories calling for engineers with advanced degrees.
The program will be a blend of face-to-face, synchronous learning and online courses offered at the UWF Pensacola campus and the Emerald Coast location. Graduates from the program can work in a variety of high-technology industries such as renewable energy, power grid protection, robotics, autonomous vehicles, advanced manufacturing, defense and transportation.
Master of Science in Cybersecurity
Master of Science in Engineering
UWF Graduate School
Pictured Top: Dr. Guillermo Francia III, faculty scholar of the UWF Center for Cybersecurity, instructs a student in the Cybersecurity Battle Lab.