New UConn Program Helps Non-Computer Scientists Break Into the Computer Science Industry

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By: Eli Freund, Director of Communications, UConn School of Engineering 

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering Professional Education Program and the Computer Science and Engineering Department announce the launch of a new program called CyberLEAP—an innovative path for non-computer scientists to break into the Computer Science industry. With computer science and data science jobs growing precipitously in a hot job market, CyberLEAP offers working professionals the opportunity to gain highly sought skills in these in-demand fields. According to recent data, holders of advanced degrees in those fields earn median salaries over $100,000 per year. 

CyberLEAP is an online, non-credit program that covers three Computer Science modules including Data Structures and Algorithms, Discrete Mathematics, and Introduction to Systems Programming. Each module is 14 weeks long and is designed to meet the main Computer Science requirements of the MEng in CSE and MEng in Data Science. The full admission requirements for the MEng programs can be found on the following websites –  MEng in CSE and MEng in Data Science. The CyberLEAP modules may also be taken independently for career enhancement and knowledge acquisition. Students can complete only the modules for which they have no prior formal coursework – there is no requirement to complete all three modules. The cost of each module is $2,000.

The first cohort for CyberLEAP is scheduled to begin in mid-August 2022. For more information and to apply to the program, please visit the CyberLEAP website,

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