Last year, the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences celebrated 40 years of computer science education at Augusta University. Although the school is only three years old, the first bachelor's 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, and a leader in cybersecurity education and research. Since 2016, we have been designated a 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 have also developed a Doctor of Philosophy program planned for 2021. Our enrollment is at an all-time high with close to 600 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.
We have embarked on a path of unparalleled growth with substantial increases in faculty, to accommodate the growth in graduate and undergraduate enrollment. We are starting the 2020-2021 academic year with 27 full-time faculty, 15 of whom have joined us in the past 12 months. Our goal is to recruit an additional 15 new faculty 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 soon, U.S. Army Cyber Command. The State of Georgia recently 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, since its opening in the summer of 2018.
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. The future of the computer and cybersecurity industry depends on each of you and we’re here to help you be boundless in achieving your goals.
These are exciting times for the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences! Watch us as we grow and fulfill our mission to provide high-engagement, state-of-the-art education and research across our Computer Science, Information Technology and Cybersecurity disciplines. I invite you to browse our website to learn more about our programs and the teaching and research profiles of our faculty. I am confident you will find a topic that sparks your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information or questions you may have.