St. John’s Launches New Academic Programs

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July 24, 2020

In its dedication to provide the best pathways to meaningful careers and lives, St. John’s University has launched a host of new undergraduate and graduate academic programs that aim to ensure successful outcomes for its students. Always seeking to add innovative course offerings and majors that are in demand, the University is implementing a wide array of new academic programs for the Fall 2020 semester. 

“The success of our students forms the core of the mission at St. John’s University,” said Simon Møller, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“We want our students to be fully prepared to solve global challenges, and it is our duty to enable them to embrace cutting-edge knowledge in order to develop the skills they need in a dynamic job market.”   

Master’s Programs

Business Analytics, Master of Science
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Queens campus

This 30-credit program prepares students to learn how to use data-driven approaches to solve business challenges in the era of big data. Business Analytics is at the intersection of computer science, operations research, and statistics.

This program offers a broad yet rigorous curriculum in applied analytics (e.g., finance, marketing, and operations); data science (e.g., computer language, data mining, econometrics, statistics, and stochastic modeling); and management science (e.g., optimization and simulation), providing the skills to transform data into insightful information that leads to better results.

This master’s degree program also enables graduates to understand the role of evidence-based data in decision making and how to convert data into a powerful and predictive strategic asset that ultimately drives the best results. Students learn about the use of analytics in particular functional areas such as finance, marketing, or operations, as well as acquire general knowledge of data analytics and business computing.

Computational Biology and Biostatistics, Master of Science
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens campus

The Master of Science degree program in Computational Biology and Biostatistics answers a growing demand for data analysts, data curators, database developers, statisticians, mathematical modelers, bioinformaticians, and software developers with training in both computer science and biology. The program trains students in the use of computational methods and algorithms to represent and simulate biological systems, as well as to interpret large-scale experimental data.

Through the program, students are prepared to address some of the world’s most urgent problems, including food shortage, climate change, and emerging diseases.

In addition to undergoing rigorous training in understanding and modeling the structures and processes of life, students develop a critical consciousness and ethical perspective, preparing them for service and leadership roles in local, national, and international spheres.

Cyber and Information Security, Master of Science
The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
Queens campus

The Master of Science in Cyber and Information Security is a 30-credit degree program that combines cybersecurity and information science. It is designed with cybersecurity specialists, Information Technology (IT) enterprise professionals, and data scientists in mind. However, the knowledge it provides serves the cybersecurity skills needs of the wider community of IT managers and computer professionals.

Given the pervasive nature of cyber threats, this master’s program gives students an edge in the job market. It appeals to those who want to become cybersecurity specialists, as well as data scientists already in the field who need to upgrade their skills. It is designed to accommodate both students with undergraduate degrees in IT and computer science, and career changers. 

Global Management, Master of Science
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Queens campus; Manhattan campus; online

The Master of Science degree program in Global Management challenges students to become better thinkers who can analyze all aspects of operational problems and research and implement sustainable solutions. Students develop the technical and managerial skills necessary to manage resources, lead teams, and apply solutions to organizational challenges.

This program is designed for those who are motivated to develop and sharpen their management skills, are interested in leading and managing teams of business and not-for-profit professionals, aspire to organize and run large-scale projects, and for those who look to enhance their careers toward mid-to-advanced level management positions in the global marketplace. Students further refine their studies and career objectives by choosing to concentrate in one of the following management areas: human resource management, international management, management of e-commerce, or supply chain management. 

Neuroscience, Master of Science
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens campus

Neuroscience is the branch of the sciences that studies the relationship between the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology of nerves, nervous tissue, and diseases. Through the Master of Science program in Neuroscience, students prepare for a career in this growing interdisciplinary field. Students acquire the critical, analytical, and decision-making skills that help them find careers in research, government, pharmacy, and biotechnology. Those with backgrounds in the natural, physical, and social sciences who wish to expand their career options to the field of neuroscience are encouraged to apply. 

This program allows students to design a curriculum that best fits their individual interests and career goals. They may pursue either the 30-credit thesis option or the 33-credit nonthesis option, and may complete an internship or supervised research to further develop their skills. 

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Master of Arts
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens campus

The only stand-alone program of its kind outside of Europe, the Master of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics is a thoroughly interdisciplinary graduate program that incorporates courses from all three fields of inquiry. It offers integrated study that enhances understanding of each discipline in relationship to the others. The program prepares students to be leaders of tomorrow, grounded in the University’s mission of social justice.

This program incorporates disciplinary approaches from across the liberal arts and sciences. Courses in philosophy emphasize individual rights and dignity, while also cultivating a personal sense of responsibility to other individuals and to society. Government and politics and economics and finance courses highlight issues of social justice and foster a commitment to finding ways, through public policy, of helping those who are least fortunate.

Scientific Literacy and Integrity, Master of Arts
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens campus

Through the 30-credit Master of Arts degree program in Scientific Literacy and Integrity, students train as professionals with the ability to analyze and articulate clearly what is, while also developing the ethical and aesthetic values to imagine and help realize what might be. 

Students with undergraduate preparation in the natural and social sciences are provided with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and acquire communication, analytical, and reasoning skills to address the current challenges of scientific research. 

This program—which features a multidisciplinary approach and access to research opportunities—fills a novel niche of market demand for technical writers, medical scientists, and health-care coordinators who serve vital roles in scientific policy and publishing. 

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program

Childhood/Adolescent, Bachelor of Science–TESOL–Master of Science, Five-Year Pathway Program
The School of Education
Queens campus

In response to an urgent need for teachers of English to speakers of other languages, The School of Education offers this new pathway program that enables students to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)—all within five years.

Bachelor’s Program

Art History, Bachelor of Arts
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens campus

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, students prepare for careers in museums, art galleries, artists’ foundations, and auction houses, with real-world training in New York City. With more than 100 museums in the metropolitan area, it is an ideal place to launch a career in the visual arts.

A degree in art history also opens doors to a variety of careers outside of the arts. Art historians are expert researchers, writers, and collaborators—skills employers in every industry sector seek.

Through the program, students develop an appreciation of and ability to analyze and write about art from aesthetic, historical, socio-cultural, and political perspectives, engaging visual, verbal, and critical-thinking skills.

Students are able to discuss and analyze theories for the interpretation of art and engage in long-term research projects that involve interdisciplinary study of original objects, primary source materials, and historical contexts, allowing them to demonstrate problem-solving skills using archival, scholarly, forensic, digital, and technological research methods.