Regents Approve New Programs in Entrepreneurship, Applied Computer Science

Catapult letterpress2The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a new Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in entrepreneurship and a new Master of Science in applied computer science, both in efforts to meet workforce demands and local economic development interests.

Both new programs will begin with the fall 2017 semester, pending approval from the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education.

BSBA in Entrepreneurship

The new BSBA in entrepreneurship will be located in the Department of Management and Marketing in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. The new degree replaces a previous option in entrepreneurship under the management major, which the Regents deleted today and now becomes a free-standing major under the BSBA degree program.

“We expect enrollments in entrepreneurship to grow due to the increased stature of this program of study,” said Dr. Karl Kunkel, Southeast provost.

He says student enrollments in the current option and minor in entrepreneurship indicate strong student demand. Kunkel says the new program reflects “societal trends.”

The new program dovetails nicely with Southeast’s focus on entrepreneurship academic programming across the University over the years as well as co-curricular and extra-curricular entrepreneurial activities for students, such as those occurring at Catapult Creative House.

Master of Science in Applied Computer Science

STA-NetworkSecurityThe new Master of Science in applied computer science will be located in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture. The program primarily targets students in southeast Missouri as well as St. Louis and the surrounding areas. Southeast officials believe the program will be attractive to international students and appeal to information technology, healthcare and other professionals in southeast Missouri. The program offers an accelerated option for high-achieving undergraduate students.

Option Title Change

 In another action, the Regents changed the title of an option in the Bachelor of Science in Technology Management from telecommunications and computer networking to computer network systems administration reflecting contemporary changes in this discipline.