New Rochelle, NY (January 13, 2016) – The New York State Department of Education has approved six new Iona College undergraduate and graduate programs slated to begin in the summer and fall of 2016. The School of Arts and Science will offer undergraduate BA and BS and graduate BA/MS, BS/MS, and MS programs in computer science with a concentration in game development. The School of Business will offer a master of science in project management.
The game development concentration at both the undergraduate and graduate levels will provide students with opportunities to acquire strong skills in general software development and also prepare them for careers in the game development industry.
“The Computer Science Department anticipates a high level of enthusiasm for its upcoming game development concentration,” said Frances Bailie, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the computer science department. “It is an interdisciplinary field that includes script writing, graphic design, music, psychology, artificial intelligence, and other related areas and should appeal to a wide variety of student interests.”
"Game development does not only promote a sense of nostalgia and fun for the programmer but challenges every skill they have in their repertoire," said Joshua Espinosa, graduate student. "Programmers must put their creative side to the test all while figuring out the most efficient algorithms for the game's processes. It is this creativity and challenge that draws students to this program."
The Master of Science in project management will prepare professionals of any function or discipline with the skills to plan, execute and manage projects of any type or size in any industry.
“These concentrations are designed to appeal to students interested in the modern age of technology including mobile as well as console applications,” said Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Courses provided will ensure Iona students are well prepared for this job market.”
The MS will also prepare students for the certification examination as a project management professional of the Project Management Institute (PMP Certificate). The MS in project management has been designed to provide today’s project managers with the tools to balance the complexities of modern project management which include identifying business value, risk, quality, safety, cost, finance and technology.
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of 40,000-plus across the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s Hagan School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 30 percent of business schools worldwide. PayScale has ranked the Hagan School in the top 50 of "Graduate Schools by Salary Potential."
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