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Ball State adds online masters program that can be completed in 18 months

Posted: 10:40 PM, Dec 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-26 22:40:20-05
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MUNCIE — Ball State University will add an online master's degree program in Information and Communication Sciences.

Beginning in spring 2019, Ball State will launch it's CICS degree path that can take only 18 months to complete, with a 38-credit-hours.

The program is a flexible degree plan with immersive learning opportunities that aims to put students in real-world issues.

According to McKinsey Global Institute, projects automation could displace as many as 73 million U.S. jobs by 2030.

CICS director for Ball State, Dennis Trinkle, said that by expanding to an online platform, this will allow CICS to reach more students and fill the need for professionals in high-tech fields.

Ball State has offered the CICS program for more than 30 years on campus. The program has prepared students to creatively solve communication and information challenges, through technology, in many avenues of the work force. Such as, business, government, education and non-profit organizations.

“The types of roles that will be most protected from the effects of automation involve managing people, high-level expertise, and unpredictable environments," Trinkle said. "These jobs will be at a high skill-level and require significant creativity, adaptability, and comfort with rapid change. Our program prepares students with the ability to think critically and to solve novel problems.”

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