A new degree at Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business aims to prepare the next generation of software engineers.
Professor Robert Greve, the director of the Love’s Entrepreneurship Center and Associate Professor of Information Technology at the business school, said the Software Engineering program is designed to address the rapidly changing industry and its demand in the jobs market.
“Over the past decade, the fields of computer science and information systems have experienced major shifts in both the workplace and the very nature of the work itself,” Greve said. “In this same timeframe, some aspects of software engineering have become high-growth areas.”
As more and more programming and coding jobs have been moved overseas, the new academic program emphasizes the aspects of the field expected to yield the most future growth — planning, design, quality assurance and project management.
According to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor, software engineering is expected to be one of the fastest growing fields through 2018 at an estimated 34 percent growth rate.
The Software Engineering program at Oklahoma City University offers two tracks — one focusing on computer science and the other expanding into the business disciplines. The business solutions track integrates systems and networks perspectives with core business courses.
The school hired a consultant and utilized the planning expertise of Associate Dean Michael Williams to design the program.