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SCHEV Approves New Virginia Tech Master of Engineering Degree to Meet Tech Talent Demand

Nov 7, 2019, 13:18 PM by Elizabeth Liverman
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) recently approved a new Virginia Tech Master of Engineering degree in computer science and applications.


Contact: Wendy Kang
wendykang@schev.edu
(804) 225-4416

November 7, 2019

For immediate release

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) recently  approved a new Virginia Tech Master of Engineering degree in computer science and applications. The program will be a new educational opportunity for those looking to develop advanced professional skills in computer science.

This is the first new program to be approved under the Tech Talent Investment Program, passed by the General Assembly in 2019 as part of the Commonwealth's support for the establishment of a second Amazon headquarters in Northern Virginia. SCHEV Council approved the degree program at its October 29 meeting.

“A foundational element of Virginia’s successful bid for Amazon HQ2 was our focus on investing in talent and higher education programs to support the Commonwealth’s growing tech sector. Virginia Tech’s new program demonstrates how our institutions can respond to industry needs,” said Stephen Moret, president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and a SCHEV Council member.

The new master's program will be available in both Blacksburg and Northern Virginia, and ultimately will become a cornerstone offering of Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Innovation Campus when it opens. Enrollment in the program is expected to grow to nearly 500 students by 2024, with approximately 200 degrees granted per year.

“Our faculty and staff worked closely with industry leaders to develop this new program and we are excited to begin offering it to students next semester,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands.

In addition to basic computer science competencies, the program will afford students the option to concentrate in one of six focus areas:

  • Computer security
  • Data analytics and machine learning
  • Software engineering
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Internet software development

 

“SCHEV continues to support new program development that meets the needs of the Commonwealth. Our goal is to place Virginia as the best-educated state by 2030 while supporting affordability, equity and talent development,” said Peter Blake, director of the Council.

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The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is the state’s coordinating agency for higher education. With The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, SCHEV is dedicated to making Virginia the best-educated state by 2030. For more on The Virginia Plan, please visit https://schev.edu/index/statewide-strategic-plan/virginia-plan-overview.


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