Board approves new USM degree in cybersecurity


HATTIESBURG, (WHLT) – The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Education approved several new academic programs at their meeting last month in Jackson.

Students who wish to pursue careers in emerging and expanding fields now have additional academic programs to help them achieve their goals. These programs will help meet labor needs in emerging areas and fields struggling with labor shortages.

The board approved the Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity at the University of Southern Mississippi to fill this need. The degree program allows students to transfer up to 60 hours of technical credit earned at a community college into a four-year degree program in the growing field of cybersecurity.

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Graduates of the program will be prepared to fill positions in risk assessment of defense cybersecurity risks and countermeasures designed to protect against cyber threats. The program provides an online option that allows those currently working in the field with a 2-year applied technology degree to pursue a degree and, upon graduation, take on leadership and advanced technical roles with their current employer. Mississippi State University also offers a BAS degree in Cyber ​​Security.

Additionally, the University of Southern Mississippi has ties to Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg and Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, so this program will provide a pathway to a cybersecurity degree for those who are serving or have served in the U.S. military who have completed professional training at the schools of the United States Armed Forces and other colleges.

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