In 2019, the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences celebrated 40 years of computer science education at Augusta University. Although the school is only four years old, the first bachelors degree in computer science was awarded at the former Augusta College in 1979. Today, the school is undergoing an unprecedented transformation, as we are becoming a comprehensive research college, with national prominence. We are also aiming to be a leader in cybersecurity education and research, and we are a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Our school offers Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science, information technology, cybersecurity, cyber operations and our newest undergraduate program is in cybersecurity engineering, the first of its kind in the state of Georgia. At the graduate level, we offer a Master of Science degree in Information Security Management as well as a Master of Science degree in Computer Science with a research thesis and course based options. We are looking forward to welcoming the first cohort of students in our new Doctor of Philosophy in Computer and Cyber Sciences program this fall. Our enrollment is at an all-time high with over 700 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Our faculty has doubled in the last 18 months as we continue building our research momentum and develop new degree programs. We started the 2020-2021 academic year with 27 full-time faculty, most of whom have joined us recently. Our goal is to recruit an additional 15 new faculty members to join our growing school in the next two years.
Augusta, Georgia, is becoming the destination for cybersecurity in the United States. We're located at the center of a number of academic, governmental and corporate entities critical to the nation's cyber security, including the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, the National Security Agency, Savannah River National Laboratory and as of 2021, U.S. Army Cyber Command. In 2018, the State of Georgia created the Georgia Cyber Center, an over $100 million investment, the largest such investment in the nation. Located in Downtown Augusta, the Georgia Cyber Center is a state-of-the-art, 320,000 square foot facility, bringing together several public and private sector organizations. The Cyber Center is the headquarters of the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences.
To our prospective students, I invite you to browse our academic programs and I am confident that our offerings will spark your interest. We have many opportunities for you to get involved in research and community outreach activities. With the nationwide shortage of computing and cybersecurity professionals, this is an exciting time to build your career in these fields. If you are interested, we're here to help you achieve your goals.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information or questions you may have.
Check out some of Dr. Schwarzmann's recent projects!
Local Matters Podcast: "Augusta University, shaping the future of Cyber Security, with Dr. Alexander Schwarzmann"
Magazine guest columns:
James Magazine, The 2021 Education Issue: "Cybersecurity Challenges Require Research and Education"