The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has announced the addition of an online Master of Science degree program in computer science. The new program represents the latest chapter in the university’s collaboration with Noodle, the country’s fastest-growing online learning network.
“The program targets the technological knowledge and skills driving our economy and will help us meet our land-grant mission of educating the workforce for our state and the nation,” said Greg Peterson, head of the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering, where the new program will be housed. “Our excellent faculty and targeted coursework will set our students up for high-paying jobs and impactful careers. Our graduates will be prepared to design, build, and operate the computing systems and programs that have transformed every aspect of our lives.”
The addition of the new online program reflects the university’s commitment to adapting to a changing world. Computer and information sciences is the fastest-growing discipline in United States higher education—currently the eighth largest, accounting for 5 percent of all conferred graduate degrees.
Other online programs announced this year include the Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary programs, with concentrations in cultures and societies and in public policy and administration, and the Master of Public Health. Since launching its online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program in 2019, the university has committed to creating a total of 10 new online programs through its partnership with Noodle.
For UT, this latest program reflects a university-wide commitment to providing the best possible education to learners wherever they are located. Through these new online offerings, the university is aiming to find a wide audience of adult learners both in and beyond Tennessee.
“The collaboration between UT and Noodle has enabled the university to launch three new online degree programs for the 2021–22 academic year,” said John Zomchick, provost and senior vice chancellor. “These programs will increase students’ access to the state’s flagship land-grant and research university and help prepare UT students to become leaders in high-demand employment sectors such as computer science and public health. Over the next several years, we will continue to expand our infrastructure and our collaboration with Noodle to develop additional online programs that enhance educational and career opportunities for all Tennesseans.”
According to Noodle CEO John Katzman, this newest program showcases UT’s commitment to increasing its offerings and expanding its audience of potential learners. “The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has strived to create degree programs that meet the needs and wants of today’s students,” he said. “Over the past two years, the university has worked with Noodle to launch programs in some of the world’s fastest-growing sectors.”