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Over the next academic year, UW Tacoma is launching three new degree programs that will fuel career goals in urban design, electrical engineering and business analytics.

UW Tacoma is launching three new degree programs over the next academic year. These new areas of study will help recipients achieve their career goals in fast-growing fields that, to a growing extent, underpin much of our modern society and economy.

B.S. Urban Design

Students in the urban design program will work on real-world issues in the South Sound.The Urban Studies Program is creating the first undergraduate urban design degree on the west coast. Courses will draw on the teaching resources of UW Tacoma faculty and experienced regional practitioners. The degree will help students turn their passions for social change and equity into meaningful urban design solutions producing livable cities and neighborhoods.

Students will gain skills in visual communication, design thinking and community-engaged design processes. They will learn computer modeling, visualization, analysis, and data gathering and dissemination.

The target date for students to be able to declare an urban design major is winter quarter 2018.

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B.S. Electrical Engineering

The new electrical engineering degree complements existing and future Institute of Technology degrees.The Institute of Technology is expanding its engineering curriculum with an electrical engineering degree that complements its existing and future degrees in computer engineering and cybersecurity. Pathways will provide options for those entering as first-year or transfer students.

The field of electrical engineering is undergoing revolutionary shifts as the pace of technological change continues to accelerate. There is growing unmet demand for qualified professionals in the South Sound and throughout the Northwest and the nation. Organizations ranging broadly—small to large, corporate and government, from Boeing and Intel to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Keyport—will be the destinations of Institute alumni.

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M.S. Business Analytics

Business analytics will be a key aspect of many future career fields.The Milgard School of Business is launching a master of science in business analytics. The degree will help train the next generation of business analysts, project managers, analytics managers, chief analytics officers and others who will guide businesses through the “fourth industrial revolution.”

The degree integrates technical competency into business education and analysis. Business analytics is increasingly at the heart of many fields, such as helping operations managers reduce costs and increase productivity; helping logistics professionals know how to design more-responsive supply networks; helping marketing professionals know what keeps customers loyal; helping finance professionals assess the value of intangible capabilities; and helping human capital managers know how to increase performance and keep good employees.

The program’s work-compatible options allow degree completion as quickly as 12 months via a combination of face-to-face and e-learning. Applications are now being accepted for the student cohort starting June 2018.

Learn more at the Milgard School of Business

Written by: 
John Burkhardt / September 28, 2017
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communciations, 253-692-4536 or