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5 University of Wisconsin Campuses Offer New Online Degree in Applied Computing

UW Extended Campus August 11, 2017
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Driven by industry demand, five University of Wisconsin campuses partnered to provide a new online bachelor’s degree in applied computing. The 61-credit Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing program is offered through UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, and UW-Stevens Point.

The demand for IT workers is high

Computer science and information technology fields represent the fastest growing fields in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the IT field are projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, depending upon the role.

In Wisconsin, demand for IT workers is also high. Among the leading categories of tech workers needed here are computer systems analysts, software developers and software applications developers, according to CompTIA’s report, “Cyberstates.” The report ranks Wisconsin 20th among the states in percentage growth of tech workers over the next few years.

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A degree that will create opportunities

“We launched the online applied computing degree to attract more adults into the growing IT field to fill these open positions,” said David Schejbal, former dean of UW Extended Campus, which administers the degree program. “The online format means students can balance work with their studies, and ultimately, earn a degree that opens the door to new possibilities.”

The degree, which incorporates a range of computer science and business skills, was developed based on input from IT employers. According to one employer, “The University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing is a great opportunity—every industry is looking for IT professionals,” said Mike Fox, director of Project Services at SafeNet Consulting. “On top of that, the University of Wisconsin garners instant recognition and respect among those employers.”

Interested in learning more about the online UW Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing? Contact an enrollment adviser at 608-262-2011 or learn@uwex.wisconsin.edu.

Programs: Applied Computing