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New Cutting Edge Academic Programs at MSMU

Mount St. Mary's University
December 1, 2016 

Mount St. Mary’s announces a pair of new undergraduate majors, in cyber security and PPE (politics/philosophy/economics), as well as a graduate certificate in forensic accounting. Collectively, the programs will allow students at the Mount to continue pursuing studies in the most cutting-edge fields of the day while still benefiting from a liberal arts tradition that teaches them to be critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.

The bachelor’s of science degree in cyber security will produce graduates who are prepared for challenging technological careers that contribute to our cyber defense and promote the responsible use of Internet technology. The program is unique in the field because of its emphasis on ethics and communication skills and its integration with the Mount’s renowned liberal arts curriculum.

The cyber security program will be housed in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics and includes 12 required core courses in cyber security and computer science plus four elective courses, ranging from criminal justice to math to ethics. A partnership with the Mount’s Career Center will allow students to explore internship and employment opportunities with the local cyber technology industry. “Cyber security is one of the fastest growing fields in the nation,” said Dr. Jeffrey Simmons, Dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, “and currently we aren’t producing enough graduates to fill the job demand.” With the addition of this program, Mount St. Mary’s aims to change that.