SUNY Old Westbury introduces three new graduate programs

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SUNY Old Westbury will debut three new master’s programs this fall: data analytics, students with disabilities and, newly available digitally, accounting.

All three are master of science degrees and bring the university’s total number of graduate programs to 21, according to SUNY Old Westbury.

The data analytics program will teach a combination of science and business skills to train students for data-related careers, particularly in science, math, engineering and technology fields, according to the university.

“The ‘big data’ movement has accelerated the need for skilled analysts and data science professionals in an array of fields, including health care, finance, and informatics,” said Barbara Hillery, dean of the SUNY Old Westbury School of Arts and Sciences. “This program is designed to combine the mathematical, technical, and soft skills students need to excel.”

Topics the program will cover include statistics, artificial intelligence, project management and machine learning, according to SUNY Old Westbury.

The students with disabilities masters curriculum specializes in students grades one through six. It is five-semesters, part-time and includes both theory and practice.

The program is intended for experienced teachers and individuals with education degrees.

“SUNY Old Westbury has been dedicated to preparing teachers that provide all students with the best possible education for more than 30 years,” said Nancy Brown, dean of the SUNY Old Westbury School of Education. “Our new students with disabilities degree program was designed to meet the changing needs of this highly specialized discipline by combining the school’s collective experience with the latest information and research related to instruction in this area.”

The third new program is simply an online version of the university graduate accounting degree program, which has been offered since 2004.

The two-year program includes tracks for individuals both with or without undergraduate accounting degrees.

Digitalizing it makes the program more accessible for working professionals, said the university’s business school dean Raj Devasagayam.

“I am delighted that our on-ground excellence is now available in a flexible online format to foster lifelong learning among our students,” he said.

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