Board of Regents Approves Degrees in Hospitality Management and Cybersecurity

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 13, 2020) — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved two new degree programs at Kennesaw State University, both affiliated with the Michael J. Coles College of Business. 

A Master of Science in Cybersecurity and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management will be offered starting in the 2020-21 school year.

Michael J. Coles College of Business Burruss Building

“The addition of these two degree programs is further evidence of Kennesaw State’s commitment to developing academic programs that serve the interest of our students and, at the same time, support the growing marketplace demands of the state and region,” said KSU President Pamela Whitten.

With annual revenues exceeding $4.7 billion in the state of Georgia and a 31.6 percent increase in nationwide demand for information security analysts over the next eight years, the M.S. in Cybersecurity addresses a major workforce need. The M.S. in Cybersecurity seeks to build on the success of KSU’s Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development, a collaboration between the College of Computing and Software Engineering, the Coles College of Business and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, by offering this 30-credit hour program, which features threat prevention and response, risk management, and applying the appropriate tools and methodologies to solve real-world problems.

The hospitality industry employs approximately 10 percent of the workforce in the United States, and is the fifth-largest employer in the state of Georgia. Yet Georgia’s universities conferred fewer than 100 degrees in hospitality in 2017, the last year for which data were available. With the BBA in Hospitality Management, KSU stands at the forefront of bolstering those numbers as well as the state’s hospitality workforce. The degree will be offered through the Michael A. Leven School of Management, Entrepreneurship, and Hospitality and will require students to complete 400 hours of work experience in addition to the coursework. To help with enrollment, members of one of the largest hotel associations in the state have pledged nearly $125,000 in scholarships.

KSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kathy Schwaig says the two programs will position KSU as a leader in two critical, rapidly growing industries.

“Both the hospitality and cybersecurity industries continue to expand, offering growing opportunities for our graduates. These new programs focus on relevant knowledge that addresses industry demand,” said Schwaig.