MSU Texas offering several new degrees to meet Wichita Falls area job demand

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Officials with MSU Texas announced three new degree plans they intend to soon begin offering to students that will help meet local workforce demands.

According to a press release from Midwestern State University's Office of Marketing and Public Information, the university expects to begin offering three new degree options to students soon.

The three new degree programs that will be offered to MSU Texas students are in the fields of political science, electrical engineering and industrial technology.

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The Bachelor of Science in Political Science degree program will serve as an extension of the existing Bachelor of the Arts program and is designed to enhance the support and success of students interested in data literacy and political strategy.

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree program builds upon the existing accredited degree in mechanical engineering and will serve a regional demand for electrical engineers and the energy industry.

The Master of Science in Industrial Technology degree program will serve as an extension of the existing industrial technology programs in MSU Texas's engineering and applied arts and sciences degrees.

The master's degree is designed in support of local manufacturing industries and will be a key academic program for personnel at Sheppard Air Force Base.

The press release said the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the three new degree programs for MSU Texas during its regularly scheduled meeting held on campus in Wichita Falls from February 29 to March 1, 2024.

Marcy Brown Marsden, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at MSU Texas said the new offerings will help support the needs of the workforce in and around Wichita Falls.

“Each program builds upon existing degree plans within the university’s academic portfolio and supports workforce demands, especially from our Sheppard Air Force Base partners and the regional workforce," Brown Marsden said.

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According to the press release, the Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at MSU Texas will submit the required information to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission and Colleges for acknowledgment of the new degrees.

“These programs provide additional access for students and are expected to benefit our enrollment growth goals from recruitment to retention to graduation,” Brown Marsden said.

MSU Texas anticipates beginning to offer the three new degree programs to students in the fall of 2024, pending approval.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma's Homepage for updates as more information becomes available.

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