New Master's Degrees in the Wings

  • October 5, 2005

Cal State East Bay may soon be able to offer graduate students a pair of new degrees.

A master's of science in engineering management is pending approval of the Chancellor's office, while a master's of science in biostatistics remains in the planning stage, according to school officials.

Currently, the statistics department offers a master's in statistics with only an option in biostatistics. Eric Suess, an associate professor in the statistics department, said a small industry survey showed there would be interest in the new degree.

"The biostatistics degree at the M.S. level will be well received and will likely increase the enrollments in our M.S. and hopefully our B.S. programs in stats," said Suess.

Suess said that the new biostatistics degree would require only two or three classes more than the current statistics degree with the option in biostatistics. The courses might include graduate biostatistics, survival analysis, categorical data analysis and clinical trials.

The statistics department must complete a course description and then apply to the university system for acceptance.

"We have only begun the discussion about this," said Suess. "We have hired a tenure track faculty member who will start here [this quarter] who will be helping with the planning and application process."

Michael Leung, dean of the College of Science, was optimistic about the outcome of the proposal for the new master's of science in engineering management.

"I believe this is a very timely degree program," said Leung. "When I meet with people in the industry about how to train engineers, one of their suggestions has always been to provide engineers with a better understanding of the business side of an engineering project. That is the focus of the program."

If the chancellor approves the new proposal, the California Post-Secondary Education Commission has 60 days to respond.

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