August 2021 – Drew University has announced the addition of new majors in cybersecurity and statistics, as well as a dual-degree cybersecurity program with New York University, to its robust catalog of academic offerings.
The new major in cybersecurity—a rapidly growing discipline within higher education, and a steady field of employment—will be available in fall 2021. The program will have a liberal arts approach with flexibility through elective offerings for students to choose emphases in software, systems, or interdisciplinary contexts.
Undergraduate degrees in cybersecurity are a rarity in higher education, and the program’s liberal arts emphasis will further separate it from the few contemporary programs in the country. For more on the program, click here.
Cybersecurity majors—as well as other students who qualify by taking four required courses—will also have the opportunity to gain guaranteed admission to NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s 10-course online Master of Science (MS) program in cybersecurity, ranked among the top five cybersecurity master’s programs in the country by CSO.
Admission guarantees a spot as a Cybersecurity Fellow, which comes with a substantial scholarship. Students will be able to choose to begin taking NYU Tandon courses online while still attending Drew, or to enroll directly at NYU Tandon after graduation from Drew.
This program, as with Drew’s 12 other dual-degree programs, gives students the ability to complete degrees in multiple areas of study while gaining time for the pursuit of other academic or extracurricular interests in Drew’s supportive environment. Graduates will be prepared to advance in technical management and play major roles in solving increasingly complex societal problems. Click here for more details on the NYU dual-degree program.
Lastly, Drew has announced a new statistics major, previously only offered as a minor. The major will be attainable as a BS degree. The program will have a strong computational, applied, and interdisciplinary focus that prepares students to effectively contribute to their area of study and better understand, improve, and protect the world in which we live.
Like cybersecurity, statistics is an uncommon major offered at the undergraduate, liberal arts level. The introduction of this major optimizes Dr. Steven Gilbert’s $3 million donation to the math department in 2016.
The gift honored his late mother, Dr. Norma Gilbert, former longtime professor and chair of the department, and led to the hiring of two Gilbert Professors, both statisticians, which in turn made the new statistics major a reality. For more information on the statistics program, click here.
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