University of Georgia’s new School of Computing to offer master’s in computer science, cybersecurity

BY Sydney LakeJuly 12, 2022, 7:26 PM
Cheerleaders run the Georgia Bulldogs flag after a score against the UAB Blazers in the second half at Sanford Stadium, as seen in September 2021 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Brett Davis/Getty Images)

Computer-related jobs are projected to grow about three times faster than all occupations by 2029, according to the the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. So with a rise in student enrollment and demand for computer science jobs, the University of Georgia officially launched its School of Computing at the beginning of July. 

“The University of Georgia is committed to creating synergies across our campus that foster new opportunities for students and faculty and better serve communities in Georgia and around the world,” University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead said in a statement. “I am excited about the positive impact the School of Computing will have on research and education in the STEM disciplines at UGA.”

The School of Computing at UGA is jointly administered by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering. It will offer bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. programs in computer science, as well as a master’s degree program in cybersecurity and privacy.

The collaboration between the Franklin College and College of Engineering will also allow the university of offer certificate programs in fields related to information science, data analytics, and predictive machine learning, University of Georgia Provost S. Jack Hu tells Fortune.

“Elevating computer science from a department to a school will enable the University of Georgia to offer even more interdisciplinary collaborations in education and research across campus for students, faculty, and staff,” Hu says. “The joint nature of the program with engineering will allow the university to infuse these topics into all of our engineering degree programs.”

Rise in computer science student demand

The College of Engineering has been the University of Georgia’s fastest-growing school, and enrollment in computer science courses has “grown rapidly in recent years,” according to a university statement. In fact, between 2013 and 2021, computer science enrollment jumped more than 66%, from 485 students to 1,462. 

“The department of computer science has grown significantly since its founding in 1984,” Franklin College Dean Alan T. Dorsey said in a statement. “Its new, elevated status as the School of Computing reflects the vital role of computer science in our university and in our world.”

Graduate degree programs at the University of Georgia’s new School of Computing will include a master’s in computer science, master’s in cybersecurity and privacy, master’s of applied mathematical sciences, Ph.D. in computer science, and a certificate in cybersecurity

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