New classes hope to create perfect blend of academics, IT industry


St. Louis City Old Post office situated at 815 Olive St. Lindenwood’s accelerated degree programs are in suite 20.
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A new trimester program at Lindenwood is geared to produce students who meet current needs in the information technology industry, according to university officials.

The Trimester Information Technology Graduate Program, designed by Assistant IT Professor Dominic Boamah, is the first of its kind for Lindenwood. Classes are offered at the Old Post Office Extension in St. Louis.

“This program is designed to bridge the gap between academics and industry,” said Boamah. “We’re trying to bring both worlds together to make sure that we have graduates who understand not just what a theorist is, but also understand how theory actually transfers into the working environment.”

Boamah said that the three major components of the program are online courses, face-to-face classes and an internship.
The first trimester began Jan. 14 with 13 students.

According to Emin Hajiyev, director of International Students and Scholars, all of the students are international, a majority of them coming from India.

“India has become like a motherland of information technology students and professionals,” said Hajiyev. “For these individuals, it is the American degree they are seeking.”

Boamah said the program is especially attractive to international students who are waiting for their green cards because they can earn another degree while they are waiting.

In this two-year master’s program, students will complete a total of six trimesters, taking two courses during each. It’s designed so students only have to meet in person with their teachers one Saturday a month, for a total of eight hours.
The second trimester will begin in May, and the third in September.

Boamah is working on the creation of a cybersecurity program that he hopes will be available by the beginning of the September trimester.

For more information on this program, contact evening and graduate admissions at 636949-4933 or [email protected]