Excelsior College Launches Innovative New Master’s Programs and Certificates

Albany, N.Y. — Excelsior College is responding to the future of work with two new master’s degrees and two certificate programs. The way companies work is changing. From remote or distributive workforces to changing technology to data-driven strategies, companies operate differently than they did even a year ago.

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Technology and Data analytics and the Master of Science in Human Resource Management with an Emphasis in Diversity and Technology received New York State Education Department (NYSED) approval this month, and courses are open for the term beginning in August 30, 2021. Both programs are offered fully online and led by industry experts to equip students with real-world strategies that can be put into practice for immediate impact.

“The pace of technological change is expected to continue to accelerate over the next five years, with cloud computing, big data, and e-commerce continuing to dramatically change the nature of work,” says Scott Dolan, dean of Excelsior’s School of Graduate Studies. “Skilled technologists have expertise in those areas may need to broaden leadership skills in problem solving, collaboration, and communication. In the reverse, business-focused leaders may need to strengthen foundational knowledge to understand how to reach people with technology and data backgrounds.”

The timing is right to prepare leaders for success in an ever-evolving work environment.

“There is a significant opportunity to train and educate leaders for the jobs of the new economy, an economy that operates at the intersection of technology, data, and human innovation,” says Dolan. “We are excited to be able to launch two new master’s degree programs aligned with these trends. And because the change is so rapid, we know that the window of opportunity for individuals to reskill and upskill is short. Leaders need to stay current, so in line with this approach, we have also developed two shorter duration certificates which are embedded in the two programs: a certificate in data analytics and a certificate in distributed workforce management.”

The certificate programs require three courses, and credit from the certificate programs can be applied to a degree program. The Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics integrates with the MS in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Technology and Data Analytics, and the Graduate Certificate in Distributed Workforce Management integrates with the MS in Human Resource Management with an Emphasis in Diversity and Technology. Students can complete the 9-credit certificate programs in 6 months to have immediate impact and value in the field.

These programs add to the business suite of graduate programs offered by Excelsior College.

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Excelsior College (excelsior.edu) is an accredited, not-for-profit online college focused on helping adults complete their degrees and advance their careers. The college contributes to the development of a diverse, educated, and career-ready society by valuing lifelong learning with an emphasis on serving individuals historically underrepresented in higher education. Founded in 1971, Excelsior meets students where they are — academically and geographically — removing obstacles to the educational goals of adults pursuing continuing education and degree completion. Our pillars include innovation, flexibility, academic excellence, and integrity. Learn more at excelsior.edu.