Cumberlands Offers Advanced Degrees in Information Technology

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University of the Cumberlands (UC) is pleased to announce that the School of Computer and Information Sciences has been approved to offer three new advanced degrees by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  

The new degree offerings include a Master of Science in Digital Forensics (MSDF), a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT), and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Information Technology (Ph.D. IT).

“We are proud to now be able to offer Information Technology degrees at all levels, starting at a two-year associate degree and ending with a Ph.D.,” said Dr. Donnie Grimes, Chair of the School of Computer and Information Sciences and Vice President for Information Services. “These programs will help the University prepare its students for the thousands of unfilled technology positions around the country.”

While the MSDF track will primarily feature the information security challenges that pertain to mitigating the risk of loss or the disclosure of data, the MSIT and Ph.D. IT programs will both explore the advanced role of IT in predicative analytics, identifying cyber threats, empowering data-driven policy changes, and more. The Ph.D. IT program will also include a dissertation and an emphasis on leadership.

All three programs will be offered online or in a hybrid program that has a required residency session each semester. The courses are all asynchronous, featuring the offerings of a traditional classroom environment, to deliver an engaging, exceptional online education that fits the needs of students’ schedules.

“Since we understand that most adults need to provide for their families, we feel that offering these programs in a convenient online format is critical,” Grimes said. “The coursework has been designed to be rigorous, but the delivery method and support systems will provide the greatest probability of success for a full-time professional.”

Faculty in the School of Computer and Information Sciences live and work throughout the nation and are active members of the IT industry, staying up-to-date on the latest trends and resources. Graduates of the School have gone on to work for companies such as Google, IBM, and more.

Classes are set to begin in the fall and applications are currently being accepted. For more information, please visit

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