Graduate School of Technology to Offer New Web & Application Development Concentration

Date: August 08, 2012
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New York, N.Y. – Beginning this fall semester, the Touro College Graduate School of Technology (GST) will offer a new Web and Application Development concentration within the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree program.

“We are launching the new Web and Application Development concentration in direct response to intense interest expressed by current students, alumni and area employers,” said Dr. Issac Herskowitz, dean of GST. “There is a strong need within the Information Systems Master’s degree for a course of study in serious programming. The new concentration has been specifically designed to satisfy this need.”

The new concentration is the fourth within the MSIS degree, joining Database Systems, Data Communications and Technology Leadership. Web and Applications Development will focus on the programming languages and concepts which underlie the structure and graphic look of today’s websites and will appeal to students with an interest in sophisticated web programming. The concentration complements the Masters of Arts degree in Web and Multimedia Design, already offered by GST, as it now allows students to focus on either web design or web programming.

“The field of Web and Application development has exploded within the last few years as many applications have moved to tablets and to various mobile hand-held phones,” said Herskowitz. “Our career-services office has recently seen a tremendous proliferation of job and internship opportunities in these exciting areas and we have moved quickly to develop a rigorous Master’s-level program to help meet the need for skilled programmers.”

Shmuel Fink, chair of the MSIS program, said that students who complete the new concentration will be able to apply for positions within the burgeoning field of programming for mobile devices and the web.

“We’re trying to meet a need that we think is very critical, especially when it comes to the job market, and we’re trying to give our students a broader range of skills,” said Fink.

Students need to complete eight required courses and three elective courses in order to earn the degree. Electives may be chosen from a list of courses designed specifically for the Web and Application Development concentration or, with the dean’s approval, from the other programs within GST.