March’s New Program Launches Address Future Demands

April 2, 2024

March 2024 has been a remarkable month for the introduction of new college programs across various fields of study. Several program groups have emerged, characterized by their focus on meeting current demands and anticipating future needs. Here’s a breakdown of the most notable new programs by frequency and thematic grouping, with examples of colleges launching these innovative offerings.

Health Professions and Related Programs

The health sector continues to see a significant influx of new programs, reflecting the ongoing demand for healthcare professionals.

  • Nursing: Both the University of Vermont and St. Mary’s University introduced advanced nursing programs, with the former launching a Direct-Entry Master’s in Nursing and the latter unveiling a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to address the nursing shortage.
  • Physician Assistant Studies and Doctor of Physical Therapy: Northwest University announced the introduction of both a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, expanding its health care education offerings.
  • Nurse Anesthesia: Roseman University of Health Sciences is launching a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNPNA), combining clinical expertise with advanced practice.

Engineering and Technology

In response to the technological advancements and the critical need for skilled professionals in these areas, several universities are rolling out programs in engineering and technology.

  • Semiconductor Science and Engineering: The University of Texas at Austin is introducing a Master’s in Semiconductor Science and Engineering, preparing students for the rapidly growing industry.
  • Cybersecurity: Clarkson University is launching a Master’s program in Cybersecurity, highlighting the importance of securing digital information.

Business and Management

The business sector is not left behind, with new programs focusing on current trends and future projections.

  • Supply Chain Management: The University of St. Thomas is introducing a Master’s program in Supply Chain Management to address the changing landscape of global supply chains.
  • MBA Programs: Kean University is offering a fast-track online MBA program catering to the needs of working professionals seeking to advance their careers.

Social Sciences and Humanities

Colleges are also introducing programs aimed at enriching the social sciences and humanities landscape.

  • Political Science and Government: Missouri Southern State University is introducing a Bachelor’s program in Food Science and Nutrition, addressing the growing interest in health and wellness through food.

Multidisciplinary Studies

Recognizing the importance of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, some institutions are launching programs that cross traditional academic boundaries.

  • Data Science: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is offering both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Data Science, reflecting the critical role of data analysis across various sectors.


March 2024 showcases an educational sector that is dynamically evolving to meet the diverse needs of society and the economy. From health professions to engineering, technology, business, and beyond, colleges and universities are paving the way for the next generation of leaders, innovators, and professionals.

Mary Ann Romans


Mary Ann creates, defines, and executes marketing strategy at Gray Decision Intelligence.

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