SUNY Old Westbury Announces Three New Graduate Degree Programs

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New offerings include College's first online degree offering 

The State University of New York at Old Westbury has announced three new graduate degree programs that will begin classes in fall 2019, including the College’s first fully online degree offering. The online M.S. in Accounting will join the new M.S. in Data Analytics and M.S. in Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6) to grow the roster of graduate degree programs at Old Westbury to 21.

“The growing need in each of these areas for highly trained professionals has driven our decision to develop these programs,” said Calvin O. Butts, III, president of SUNY Old Westbury. “Now even more students who want to advance in their careers, or perhaps start new ones, can take advantage of our affordable SUNY tuition, excellent instruction, and – for those in the accounting field – the convenience of online study.” 

Online Master of Science in Accounting

The successful graduate accounting degree offered in a traditional classroom format at SUNY Old Westbury since 2004 is now available fully online. The degree program's objective goes beyond technical training in accounting practices. The Old Westbury faculty encourages students to integrate technical knowledge with ethical judgment and with the ability to communicate with others for the betterment of their organizations and themselves. 

"The faculty in School of Business at SUNY Old Westbury is firmly committed to our mission that promises to provide access, support, and empowerment to our students," said Dr. Raj Devasagayam, dean of the SUNY Old Westbury School of Business. "This latest offering makes it possible for the busy professionals of today to have access to our excellent faculty and their course offerings. I am delighted that our on-ground excellence is now available in a flexible on-line format to foster lifelong learning among our students." 

The major is offered in tracks for those with an undergraduate degree in accounting and those without. The accounting major’s track can be completed entirely online in two years.  The online M.S. in Accounting degree is recognized and registered by the New York State Education Department as satisfying the 150-credit hour requirement and also as qualification for a one-year work experience requirement relating to CPA licensure.  For more information, visit www.oldwestbury.edu/accounting-online.  

Master of Science in Data Analytics

Combining a rigorous data science-based curriculum with preparation in industry-relevant skill sets, the SUNY Old Westbury M.S. in Data Analytics prepares students for careers as data analysts and data-savvy managers in a wide variety of fields. The program’s foundation is in data management, teaching the use of statistics, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, project management and machine learning to prepare students for long-term success.

"The 'big data' movement has accelerated the need for skilled analysts and data science professionals in an array of fields, including health care, finance, and informatics," said Dr. Barbara Hillery, dean of the SUNY Old Westbury School of Arts and Sciences. "This program is designed to combine the mathematical, technical, and soft skills students need to excel." 

Through its interdisciplinary structure, the SUNY Old Westbury Data Analytics program prepares students to solve problems in a broad array of application areas by providing students with both the scientific training and business skills necessary to advance and succeed, particularly in a STEM career field. Students can complete the degree in two years of part-time study. For more information, visit www.oldwestbury.edu/data-ms.  

Master of Science in Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)

Appropriate for recent education graduates who hold initial certification or experienced teachers seeking new challenges, the program serves as a pathway to professional certification in Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6). After just 5 semesters of part-time study, candidates will be ready to advocate as teachers and collaborate with families and stakeholders in special education settings, schools and other combined classroom environments for learners with special education needs while also engaging in evidence-based instructional practices.

"SUNY Old Westbury has been dedicated to preparing teachers that provide all students with the best possible education for more than 30 years," said Dr. Nancy Brown, dean of the SUNY Old Westbury School of Education. "Our new Students with Disabilities degree program was designed to meet the changing needs of this highly specialized discipline by combining the School's collective experience with the latest information and research related to instruction in this area."

The degree combines theory and practice, and meets all relevant New York State Education Department professional certification requirements, including Common Core Learning Standards, and all certification workshops.  For more information, visit www.oldwestbury.edu/stud-disabilities-ms.  

Classes for each program begins in September 2019.

For information on all graduate offerings at SUNY Old Westbury, visit www.oldwestbury.edu/graduate.