Ravell Call, Deseret News
Students move between buildings during a class break at Utah Valley University in Orem, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015.

OREM — The Utah State Board of Regents on Friday reviewed and approved plans for five new master’s degree programs at Utah Valley University.

The programs, slated to begin offering classes during fall semester of 2017, are specifically targeted to address growing needs for Utah employers and promote student success.

The five new programs include: master of computer science; master of public service; master of social work; master of accountancy; and Master of Science in cybersecurity.

Pending accreditation approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, this will increase UVU’s total number of graduate degree offerings to eight. UVU already offers graduate degrees in nursing, business and education.

“We are grateful to have received the full support of the Board of Regents for the implementation of five additional degrees at the graduate level,” UVU President Matthew S. Holland said in a prepared statement. “Student success is at the heart of everything we do. These opportunities in fields of demand are a definitive reflection of our commitment to equipping students with the skills and credibility they need to achieve their goals.”

University officials anticipate a high demand for the new offerings, especially computer science. With the current high emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, this program allows UVU to meet the needs of both students and regional businesses.

In preparation for this expansion of graduate offerings, UVU established an Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Council. UVU selected these five programs from 22 proposals based on employer and student demand in the university’s service area and the strength of UVU’s capacity to offer the degrees.