SUNY Old Westbury sets new grad-degree programs

Account on it: SUNY College at Old Westbury has brought its successful accounting graduate-degree program fully online.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

Three new graduate-degree programs – including the college’s first fully online degree program – will debut later this calendar year at SUNY College at Old Westbury.

The State University of New York system is introducing a new online MS in Accounting degree program for students of the Old Westbury college, along with new MS in Data Analytics and MS in Students With Disabilities programs.

The new degree programs, each slated to begin with the Fall 2019 semester, raise the college’s degree-program count to 21 and reflect “the growing need in each of these areas for highly trained professionals,” according to SUNY Old Westbury President Calvin Butts III.

The Online Master of Science in Accounting degree program digitizes the successful accounting graduate-degree program SUNY Old Westbury has offered in a traditional classroom format since 2004.

Designed to go beyond simple technical training, the program – which includes separate tracks for students with accounting undergraduate degrees and those without – encourages learners to “integrate technical knowledge with ethical judgment” while reinforcing “the ability to communicate with others for the betterment of their organizations and themselves,” according to the college.

Noting the SUNY Old Westbury School of Business faculty is “firmly committed” to supporting and empowering its students, business school Dean Raj Devasagayam said the same dedication would be shown to the college’s new slate of online-only accounting MS candidates.

Calvin Butts III: Addressing specific needs.

“This latest offering makes it possible for the busy professionals of today to have access to our excellent faculty and their course offerings,” Devasagayam said in a statement. “I am delighted that our on-ground excellence is now available in a flexible online format to foster lifelong learning among our students.”

The new Master of Science in Data Analytics program – which can be completed in just “two years of part-time study,” according to SUNY Old Westbury – combines a rigorous data-based curriculum with “preparation in industry-relevant skill sets.”

The STEM-focused program (for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is intended to prepare students for careers in data analytics and data management across a broad spectrum of industries – combining “the mathematical, technical and soft skills students need to excel,” according to Barbara Hillery, dean of the SUNY Old Westbury School of Arts and Sciences.

Designed for recent graduates with education-focused undergraduate degrees and “experienced teachers seeking new challenges,” the Master of Science in Students With Disabilities Program is geared specifically toward teachers of students in grades 1 through 6 – and will prepare candidates to be both advocates for and collaborators with special-education families, according to the college.

Leveraging evidence-based instructional practices, the program requires only five semesters of part-time study and “meets the changing needs of this highly specialized discipline,” noted Nancy Brown, dean of the SUNY Old Westbury School of Education.

“SUNY Old Westbury has been dedicated to preparing teachers that provide all students with the best possible education for more than 30 years,” Brown added. “Our new Students With Disabilities degree program … [combines] the school’s collective experience with the latest information and research.”

The new slate of graduate-degree programs keeps the momentum rolling at SUNY Old Westbury. The college has made several other efforts to modernize its course offerings – including the introduction of Long Island’s first-ever Master of Science in Forensic Accounting degree program, which went live in the Fall 2018 semester – and in 2018 set a new highwater mark for student enrollment.

The new offerings and other upgrades are part of the college’s ongoing mission to align better with 21st century educational and industrial forces, according to Butts.

“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,” the SUNY Old Westbury president said Thursday.