St. John’s University is introducing a host of new academic programs for 2021 that are geared to ensure students acquire the cutting-edge skills they need to embrace their futures.
“Student success is our number one priority at St. John’s University,” said Simon G. Møller, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“To this end,” he added, “we continue to expand our academic program offerings, aligned with the interests of our students and societal needs—so that our graduates can go out into the world, become leaders, and make a difference.”
The Game Development and Emerging Media program prepares students to enter the video game development field—a billion-dollar industry rich with robust career opportunities in edutainment, simulation, and visualization.
Through this innovative, practice-based curriculum, students master the creative workflows and advanced technologies that allow them to craft compelling playable media. By pushing the boundaries of storytelling genres, weaving unique interactive experiences, and engaging audiences through play, students who embark on this production track become inventive media-makers and storytellers.
Begins: Fall 2021
The 42-credit Master of Science in Health Sciences (M.S.H.S.) degree program, the only program of its kind in the tristate area, is designed to prepare students to secure admission into medical school, as well as career-matching fields including dentistry, chiropractic medicine, nursing, and health care-related research.
This program differs from traditional postbaccalaureate “bridge” programs offered at other local institutions in that the M.S.H.S. offers a master’s degree built on an integrated, multidisciplinary program in the life sciences that focuses on health management or research.
Noticeably paralleling the first year of medical school, the degree program prepares students for success in that path, and for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam.
Begins: Fall 2021
The Master of Science in Business Analytics degree program enables 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 data science (e.g., computer language, data mining, econometrics, statistics, and stochastic modeling); applied analytics (e.g., finance, marketing, and operations); and management science (e.g., optimization and simulation), providing the skills, insight, and capability to transform data into insightful information that leads to better results.
The 30-credit Master of Science in Global Management degree program challenges students to become better thinkers who can analyze all aspects of operational problems and research and implement sustainable solutions. It helps develop the technical and managerial skills necessary to administer resources, lead teams, and apply solutions to global organizational challenges.
The program prepares students who are interested in leading and managing global teams of business, government, and not-for-profit professionals; who are aspiring to organize and run large-scale projects; and who are looking to move into mid- to advanced-level management positions in the global marketplace.
This program offers concentrations in one of the following management areas: human resource management, management of e-commerce, and supply chain management.
The 45-credit STEM Master of Business Administration program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing analytical and technical management roles across industries. The federal government created the STEM-designated degree program to address the shortage of qualified workers in the STEM field, which is estimated to grow to more than a million jobs by 2028.
The STEM M.B.A. program enables students to utilize technology, data, and analytics to make better business decisions and solve complex business problems. Students select two STEM concentrations designed to combine data-driven decision-making and analytics with the overall M.B.A. program objectives of developing a global and entrepreneurial mindset; building upon the knowledge, skills, and competencies of business fundamentals; and providing a transformative leadership development program.
The 120-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Business program provides high-quality business education to part-time, nontraditional students and prepares them for professional roles in a variety of business, not-for-profit, and governmental entities.
The program ensures that graduates are skilled in critical thinking and decision making, as supported by the appropriate use of analytical and quantitative techniques; can apply functional area concepts and theories appropriately; are effective communicators who can prepare and deliver oral and written presentations, using appropriate technologies; are sensitive to the ethical requirements of business activities; and can tackle strategic and organizational challenges with innovative solutions.
The minor in Global Supply Chain Management offers career opportunities to enter the field of supply chain management and grow as a professional. It provides the necessary competencies for operations managers to improve their decision-making skills.
Applicable to any type of industry, such as fashion, finance, health care, pharmaceutical, retail, and technology, this minor provides a broad perspective of the dynamic global business environment and teaches how organizations can use it to create a competitive advantage.
The minor offers students, regardless of their major course of study, the necessary skills and knowledge to utilize global supply chains to create value and enhance productivity and profitability.
The tremendous growth in data and analytics capabilities has transformed marketing. However, marketing success requires more than knowing analytical skills; it requires understanding what the data is saying about customers and the market to drive smart business decisions.
This minor helps students learn how to take advantage of the latest developments in marketing analytics to drive growth in a company and career; incorporate marketing fundamentals into decision making; conduct the most widely used marketing analytics techniques; identify market opportunities; present persuasive, data-driven narratives; and determine optimal prices for maximizing market share or revenue.
Students minoring in Marketing Analytics are candidates for positions within the marketing departments of all companies, as well as for careers in marketing research and marketing consulting.
Begins: Fall 2021
The insurance industry employs approximately 2.6 million people in meaningful, rewarding careers that offer growth, opportunity, and stability.
This 12-credit minor in Risk Management is specifically designed for students not majoring in business. It provides knowledge of the risk management process and teaches students with little or no business background to identify, analyze, and manage risks faced by individuals, business organizations, and governmental agencies.
The minor in Sports Leadership and Branding is designed for undergraduate students who are motivated to develop and sharpen their managerial and promotional skills to manage their name, image, and likeness as permitted by statutes, regulations, standards, and policies.
The Master of Science degree program in Computational Biology and Biostatistics answers a growing demand for bioinformaticians, data analysts, data curators, database developers, mathematical modelers, software developers, and statisticians with training in biology and computer science. The program guides 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 develop competencies that prepare them to address some of the world’s most urgent problems, including climate change, emerging diseases, and food shortage.
Today’s complex environmental problems involve vast amounts of data. In the Master of Science degree program in Environmental OMICS, the ability to analyze big data sets related to the environment is honed and sharpened. This understanding prepares students for careers that help industries use environmentally sustainable processes, manufacture safer products, and better manage their corporate responsibilities.
OMICS refers to the technologies used to explore the functions of the various types of molecules that make up the cells of an organism. For example, one might study an organism’s genome concerning dietary and environmental exposures, using a combination of field, bench, and computational research approaches.
Through this program, students become data scientists with expertise in analyzing environmental and genetic factors, toxicity mechanisms, and modes of action in response to both acute and chronic exposure to environmental stresses and the subsequent impact on ecological systems that include human health and disease.
Sustainability is a growing field in the public and private sectors. The Master of Arts in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making prepares students for the rapidly evolving global community that spans the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
Combining science and policy, this program helps students acquire the skills needed to solve today’s complex environmental sustainability problems.
Through the Master of Arts in Scientific Literacy and Integrity, students gain 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.
This 30-credit interdisciplinary master’s program provides those with undergraduate preparation in the natural and social sciences the opportunity to develop leadership skills and acquire communication, analytical, and reasoning skills to address the current challenges of scientific research.
The program features a multidisciplinary approach and access to research opportunities and fills a novel niche of market demand for health-care coordinators, grant writers, medical scientists, and technical writers who play vital roles in scientific policy and publishing.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, students prepare for careers in art galleries, artists’ foundations, auction houses, and museums, with real-world training in New York City. New York boasts more than 100 museums in the metropolitan area—what better place to launch a career in the visual arts?
Through the program, students develop an appreciation of and ability to analyze and write about art from aesthetic, historical, political, and sociocultural perspectives, engaging critical thinking, verbal, and visual skills. They discuss and analyze historical and contemporary theories for the interpretation of art, including ethical, philosophical, and theological debates related to visual art collection, presentation, and interpretation. The major requires long-term research projects that involve an interdisciplinary study of original objects, primary source materials, and historical contexts.
The new undergraduate minor in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies provides students with rigorous training in methods of critical inquiry that are relevant to the most pressing social, political, and cultural challenges we face in the 21st century.
The minor focuses on social justice issues shaped by class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality, and other contemporary and historical forms of group differentiation.
Begins: Spring 2021
Data Science, one of the fastest-growing careers in this decade, is a multidisciplinary approach to extracting actionable insights from the large and ever-increasing volumes of data collected and created by organizations today. Data science encompasses preparing data for analysis and processing, performing advanced data analysis, and presenting the results to reveal patterns and enable stakeholders to draw informed conclusions.
For students who are enthusiastic about urban landscapes, including urban issues, policies, social institutions, and the environment, the 15-credit interdisciplinary minor in Urban Studies complements their major field of study.
The minor explores the city and surrounding urban areas from the perspective of various academic disciplines, such as anthropology, art, economics, environmental studies, government, history, sociology, and theology. Students are introduced to the origins of cities and urban planning, their subsequent development, and the social fabric of urban regions from the standpoint of a particular discipline.
The accelerated five-year baccalaureate (B.S.Ed.) in Adolescent Education (Grades 7–12) and master’s (M.S.Ed.) in Teaching Children with Disabilities (Grades 7–12) program provides undergraduate students majoring in Adolescent Education with the option to earn a master’s in Teaching Children with Disabilities within five years.
Students enrolled in the program complete nine credits of graduate course work in their fourth (senior) year and the remaining 24 credits of graduate course work in their fifth year, with a total of 33 credits required for the master’s degree.