Graduate students at West Texas A&M University now can pursue a master of science degree in engineering.
Courses for the new degree – the first graduate-level program for the School of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics – will be available this fall.
Students in the program can earn up to 15 credit hours toward their degree for documented professional experience, according to information from WT.
WT officials began pursuing the addition of the degree program in 2014. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the new degree program this past April. The graduate engineering degree helps WT contribute to the growing demand for engineers in the Texas Panhandle, according to a school statement.
"This fits who we are," Matt Jackson, WT associate dean of the School of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics, said in a statement. "The new degree offers a broad based program that meets the current trend of being more collaborative rather than working in a silo to increase their skill set."