New engineering program offers industrial, software specialties
Amid rising workforce demand, the University of Indianapolis began offering bachelor’s degrees in engineering this fall. The first phase of the program is focused on Industrial & Systems Engineering and Software Engineering, two specialties not widely available in central Indiana. “This program continues the momentum of the University of Indianapolis as we develop curricula aligned with industry and global needs,” said President Robert Manuel. UIndy’s program, while providing the STEM preparation vital to careers of the future, will be rooted in the foundational skill development that enables graduates to be leaders as well as technical experts, said Deborah Balogh, executive vice president and provost.
“Increasingly, employers are emphasizing the need for strong, broad-based skills in communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and global awareness, in addition to a specialized knowledge base,” Balogh said. “These are precisely the skills that we develop, with an intensive, problem-based and team-based design component built upon the liberal arts foundation provided by our Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.”
The new degrees will fill clear niches in the marketplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for software engineers is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2010 to 2020. Systems software developers, one likely career path for software engineers, earned a mean annual salary of $84,950 in Indiana and $106,050 nationally in 2014. Learn more online at www.uindy.edu/cas/engineering and tinyurl.com/om4exdc.
Master’s degree in social work meets community need
The growing Department of Social Work at the University of Indianapolis has taken a leap forward with the addition of a master’s degree program that will prepare graduates for a broad range of high-demand careers. Master’s-level preparation is becoming the standard for social workers in settings that include health care, education, the legal system, child welfare services, and mental health and addictions. UIndy’s program is one of only a few in the state. Nationwide job growth in the field is projected at 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, with more than 100,000 new positions created. Demographic trends are driving the demand, department chair and Associate Professor Jeff Bryant said.
“Baby boomers are beginning to retire, and they will live longer and have more needs,” said Bryant, who has 25 years of experience in social work. “This degree really is a great ticket to many different careers and opportunities.”
This two-year Master of Social Work program is aimed at students who hold bachelor’s degrees in other fields, or social work degrees more than five years old. A 12-month program for students who have earned bachelor’s degrees in social work within the previous five years will launch next fall. A key partner at the UIndy Health Pavilion is Community Health Network, which operates clinical facilities in the building and also provides a variety of clinical opportunities for UIndy’s allied health students throughout its central Indiana system of hospitals, surgery centers, outpatient clinics, and behavioral health centers.
Learn more at www.uindy.edu/cas/msw.
Ticket to rise: the Master of Professional Studies
Degree program is designed to accelerate career advancement; Human Resources, Construction / Development are first focus
Through a new evening master’s degree program, UIndy will collaborate with employers in growing industries to help develop leaders within their organizations and tap into the skills of military veterans and other career changers. The multidisciplinary Master of Professional Studies degree, increasingly common nationwide but new to the Midwest, differs from other master’s programs in its emphasis on applied learning and practical skills rather than theory and research.
Housed in the School for Adult Learning in cooperation with the School of Business, UIndy’s MPS program will begin offering classes in mid-2016 in two concentrations, commercial Real Estate Development & Construction Management and Human Resource Development & Administration, with plans for later expansion into other industries. Accelerated 7½-week courses offered in a hybrid online/on-site format will enable students to complete the program in five terms. Each of the two new degree tracks will be guided by an advisory board of industry professionals, who will provide input on the curriculum as well as connections to internship and employment opportunities. The MPS degree requirements will include six hours of ethics study and a capstone project involving a field experience and a publication-ready paper. For more information on the MPS program, vist www.uindy.edu/sal.