UM-Flint CIT introduces six new graduate programs

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Students interested in high demand master's degrees within the technology space are invited to attend the CIT Graduate Programs Open House, March 5.

The College of Innovation and Technology at the University of Michigan-Flint has added six new programs to its catalog of graduate-level offerings. These new programs are built with a focus on innovation in a variety of disciplines within the technology space. The full list of new degree options is:

  • Master of Science in Smart Manufacturing
  • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Digital Transformation
  • Master of Science in Software Engineering
  • Master of Science in Human-Centered Design
  • Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence

Marouane Kessentini, CIT associate dean for research and graduate studies, expressed interest in connecting these programs to the greater Flint community. 

Marouane Kessentini

"These new master's programs are developed in close partnerships with industry and the community to target their needs in skills related to smart manufacturing, digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, human-centered design, and beyond," Kessentini said. "They will help transform Flint and Genesee County into a tech hub, as we will be able to produce talented graduate students equipped with the proper skills to adapt and succeed in the marketplace." 

Indeed, these new skills are in high demand. Artificial intelligence and smart manufacturing are on the cutting edge of current technologies. With projections showing that advances in AI are going to increasingly become standardized in technology sectors, the demand for skilled labor in this area rises. Software engineering, electrical engineering, and digital transformation, among the others are areas for growth in the tech industry that will be needed in the coming years. As demand for these skilled professionals rises, UM-Flint seeks to help fill niche study areas. 

Students with little experience in computer science are welcome to apply to these new programs. Those with a bachelor's degree in another discipline can apply for the program and choose one of two pathways to catch up with those in their cohort with computer science experience. They may choose to pursue a series of fast-track undergraduate courses in computer science to accompany their graduate studies or pursue a noncredit certification available online. 

Applications for these new programs are now open for a 2024 start. To be admitted to any of these programs, students must have received an undergraduate degree in a field related to computer science, or complete either of the catch-up options. Interested students may also sign up and visit campus, 4:30-7 p.m., March 5, for the new CIT Graduate Programs Open House

For more information on these programs, visit the appropriate webpages for smart manufacturing, electrical and computer engineering, digital transformation, software engineering, human centered design, and artificial intelligence or contact the Office of Graduate Programs at [email protected].

Rowan Borninski is the recruiting and marketing specialist for the Office of Graduate Programs. She can be reached at [email protected].