Maryville University prepares students for tomorrow’s careers with its new tech-focused online certificates

With huge growth projected across most computer science fields, the university offers students a quick and convenient way to build the skills and knowledge these future-forward industries require.

Maryville University is launching nine new technology-centered online certificate programs to help students prepare for some of the most in-demand and lucrative career opportunities on the market.

These standalone credentials represent a parallel path for students who aren’t necessarily seeking a full college degree but want to upskill, reskill or advance in their careers.

“We’ve spoken with employers and employees across industries, and it’s clear that the workforce is changing,” says Jennifer Yukna, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “People hoping to grow professionally, or shift careers entirely need more options to help them build skills to keep up and become job-ready, quickly.”

There are seven certificates available for students seeking college credit, as well as two non-credit options that can be completed in an abbreviated manner.

The new online bachelor’s and post-baccalaureate certificate programs, which can be completed in approximately five or six courses (15-18 credit hours), are:

Bachelor’s Level (college credit)

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. Cybersecurity
  3. Data Science
  4. Software Development
  5. User Experience/User Interface (UX/UI)

Post-Baccalaureate Level (college credit)

  1. Big Data
  2. Machine Learning

Designed with input from employers in the field and taught by experienced practitioners, the new certificate programs aim to get students career-ready so they can take advantage of the many opportunities in the growing field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in fields related to computer science is projected to grow 11% between 2019 and 2029 — nearly three times the average growth projected across all industries.

The new online certificates build on nearly 150 years of academic excellence at Maryville and a tradition of innovation.

“We have always understood that education isn’t one-size-fits-all,” says Katherine Louthan, Dean of the School of Adult and Online Education. “Different students have different circumstances and considerations, and Maryville is committed to being as inclusive and accommodating as possible. Our certificate programs underscore that mission, serving as alternative paths to meet learners where they are — and help them reach their career goals.”

About Maryville University:

Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a comprehensive and nationally ranked private institution with an enrollment of 11,000 students. Maryville offers over 90 degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, as well as several certificates that align with the undergraduate and graduate education levels. Maryville is recognized as the second fastest-growing private university in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education, serving students from all 50 states and 47 countries. More than 17,000 Maryville alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.

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