Athens State is pleased to announce that the following new programs have been approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) and will begin during the Fall 2022 semester.
B.S. in Aerospace Systems Management – This program is the first in the state of Alabama that focuses specifically on the systems management aspect of aviation and aerospace technology. Students will have the choice of two concentrations: Aviation or Space Systems. The Aviation Concentration is for the commercial aviation career path and will assure program compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular No. 61-139, allowing reduction (from 1,500 to 1,000) hours of required flight experience for the airline transport pilot certificate (Restricted Privileges ATP Certificate). The Space Systems Concentration is for a career path in aerospace technology systems management to include avionics, airframe, and power plant; jet and rocket propulsion; mission planning, control, and communications; and manufacturing systems (e.g. welding, automated assembly, robotics, and testing).
Master of Accountancy – Graduates from this program will be equipped with the knowledge to demonstrate advanced knowledge of the theory and application of internal audit; information systems; analytics; and financial, cost, and tax accounting; demonstrate an ability to apply advanced analytical and critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities, apply technologies to understand complex accounting issues and apply that understanding to new contexts, communicate complex accounting issues effectively, and recognize and analyze ethical, legal, and policy issues in accounting. The Master of Accountancy’s coursework can help students meet the State of Alabama’s 150 semester hour requirement for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and includes topics that prepare students for exam content.
M.S. in Computer Science – Graduates from this program will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully compete for advanced positions in both software development and information technology operations, while also being prepared for continued graduate studies in the field.
M.S. in Cybersecurity – As a subfield of computer science that specializes in protecting networks, systems, and programs from digital hacking, graduates from this program will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully compete for advanced positions in both software development and information technology operations, with a specific focus in cybersecurity and information security.
M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies – This program is based on an interdisciplinary approach that allows students the flexibility to develop their own unique program of study by taking courses from any of the institution’s graduate programs. The curriculum is structured to produce graduates who possess a diverse range of coursework appropriate to any career that demands a person highly skilled in analytical reading, critical listening, and high-level communication abilities.