University of the Potomac, accredited school with campuses in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and online, announced that it is launching new degree programs this fall: Master of Science in Information Technology, Master of Healthcare Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management. These new programs are added to Potomac’s existing certificates, associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees and are designed to meet the growing demand for qualified professionals working in healthcare administration, tourism, hospitality, and IT-related occupations.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, since January 2014, leisure and hospitality sector employment in the Washington, D.C. area grew 3.3%. The local rate of employment growth in leisure and hospitality matched the national increase. “We attribute this to a demographic shift in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region that have created a positive environment for hospitality businesses over the past several years. By launching our new degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management, we are planning to fill a void for highly educated hospitality and tourism professionals,” said Dr. Clinton Gardner, President, and CEO at University of the Potomac.
As a university specializing in business and technology, Potomac is well-positioned to launch a graduate program in information technology. The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) builds on the expertise of the University in key areas already offered at the undergraduate level such as general information technology, information systems management, cybersecurity, digital forensics, and network security management. “The MSIT program will provide a continued pathway to advanced degrees for our current students and alumni. More generally, a goal of the program is to prepare working professionals, foreign-educated students and those seeking meaningful roles in the information technology management and cybersecurity sectors, to assume leadership positions in the public, private and not-for-profit areas,” said Dr. James Booker, Graduate Programs Dean at University of the Potomac.
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Further, University of the Potomac currently offers Bachelor of Science degrees in a number of business-related fields with a concentration in Healthcare Management. Because of this, Potomac is well-positioned to launch a graduate program in Healthcare Administration. The goals of the Master of Healthcare Administration program are (1) to prepare managers for leadership positions in the public, private and not-for-profit healthcare sectors, and (2) to provide these leaders with the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to address real-world healthcare challenges effectively. As the backbone of healthcare systems, healthcare administrators take on the duties of overseeing vast expanses of medical personnel. As the structure and financing of the healthcare industry changes, healthcare administrators must be able to adapt to new environments. The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHCA) program at Potomac addresses these key areas.
Programs will be rolled out gradually, starting this fall with the Master of Science in Information Technology. Information about application deadlines will be posted on the University’s website, as well as on the University’s social media channels.
About University of the Potomac
Founded in 1991, University of the Potomac (formerly Potomac College) has cultivated a reputation of excellence and satisfaction among its graduates for more than 20 years. By providing a wide variety of top-notch, in-demand educational opportunities, students can take advantage of affordable and accessible education designed with students’ specific needs and goals in mind. University of the Potomac has metro accessible campuses in downtown Washington, D.C., and in Northern Virginia (Tysons Corner area). All programs are available online.
University of the Potomac is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important consumer information, please visit our website at www.potomac.edu