South College launches nine new technology programs

December 4, 2020

South College is launching two new certificate level and seven new master’s level technology programs. Enrollment is open for qualified students, and classes start Jan. 20, 2021.

The new technology programs are delivered in a fully online format with the certificate level programs designed for completion in 30 weeks for full-time students and the master’s level programs designed for completion in 40 weeks for full-time students.

“We strive to provide programs in fields with growing demand, so expanding our technology offerings through our excellent online platform is a logical way to grow to meet those needs,” South College Chancellor Steve South said. “These programs expand the roster of the School of Computer Science and Engineering by providing a pathway from entry-level certificate programs that build through the associate and bachelor’s levels and provide for career enhancement for current professionals to advance with the master’s level options. These new programs are excellent additions for technology students.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 11 percent from 2019 to 2029. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $88,240 in 2019.

The new programs intentionally are short in duration. The certificate programs require no prior experience and are designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the computing field. The master’s degrees offer paths to completion in as few as 40 weeks. The programs are headed by Dr. Theodor Richardson, the Dean of Academics for South College Online.

The new programs include:

  • Software Developer Certificate
  • Data Science Certificate
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Computer Science with concentration in Artificial Intelligence
  • Master of Science in Software Engineering
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Master of Science in Data Science
  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Science in IT Management

“There currently is a significant job gap between the need for computer science practitioners and enrolled students,” Richardson said. “The certificate programs provide quick entry into the field and include the opportunity to gain the essential currency of industry certifications for students to gain employment without an associate or bachelor’s degree. The graduate programs offer courses aligned with skills needed for an advanced career path and preparation for lifelong learning.”

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