Certificate Program Offers A Gateway To In Demand Computer Science And Engineering Fields

Bridge to NYU Tandon Offers Certificates in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Cybersecurity, Opening Door to Graduate Study for Non-Engineering Graduates

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A Bridge to Tandon has proved especially popular among women, who made up nearly half of enrollees in the pilot program in computer science, a field in which women constitute only 28 percent of the workforce.

BROOKLYN, New York – Job growth in computer science, data informatics, and especially cybersecurity is running at a blistering pace. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for those with computer science backgrounds will rise 12 percent over the next decade, double the average growth rate for jobs in general. Employers are struggling to fill 200,000 other jobs requiring cybersecurity skills. The shortfall is expected to reach 1.8 million globally by 2022.

But while positions in these fields yield among the highest return on investment with six-figure salary potential, those with bachelor’s degrees in non-STEM disciplines are locked out unless they are willing to spend upwards of $20,000 on undergraduate courses to prepare for graduate study in these areas.

This winter, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering will expand a novel distance-learning program it successfully piloted, adding new fields of study and the option for part-time enrollment to accommodate the needs of working professionals.

For only $1,500, A Bridge to NYU Tandon gives people with college degrees but little background in science or engineering the tools they need to apply for graduate study in one of NYU Tandon’s master’s degree programs in computer science, computer engineering, bioinformatics and cybersecurity.

Those who complete the course — offered as a 26-week part-time or 17-week full-time program in the winter, spring, summer, or fall quarters — with a grade of B-plus or better and meet all other NYU Tandon admission requirements will be admitted to a qualifying master’s program. As an option, they may also obtain a certificate proving that they have completed preparatory coursework for graduate studies in computer science for an additional fee.

Topics covered in each course include: fundamentals of system hardware, number systems, compilation and execution process, data types and expressions, branching and iterative statements, propositional logic, predicate logic, introduction to algorithm analysis, arrays and strings, trees and binary search trees, computer organization, assembly language basics, intro to operating-system concepts, and memory management.

“The people knocking on our door are coming from all backgrounds: humanities, management, arts, and physics. Many are enrolling because they have discovered that demand is high for talent in engineering, particularly in computer science, computer engineering, and information security,” said Nasir Memon, Associate Dean of Online Learning and a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, who conceived the program. “Others recognized they needed deep technical skills to advance their work in non-technical fields. With ‘A Bridge to NYU Tandon’ we are able to deliver, in just one quarter, all of the basic skills people with bachelor’s degrees need to matriculate into our top-notch graduate engineering programs.”

The program proved especially popular among women, who made up nearly half of enrollees in the pilot program in computer science, a field in which women constitute only 28 percent of the workforce. At NYU Tandon, women constituted nearly 40 percent of Bridge participants.

The Bridge program runs on a quarterly academic calendar, with a November 5, 2017 application deadline for the winter quarter, which begins in January.

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About the New York University Tandon School of Engineering
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, the founding date for both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly). A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within NYU, the country’s largest private research university, and is closely connected to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates Future Labs focused on start-up businesses in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program. For more information, visit engineering.nyu.edu.