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UNO adds new master's degree program amid budget cuts

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The University of New Orleans will soon offer a new master's degree program while recently cutting other programs at the school.

The university announced that the Louisiana Board of Regents has approved a new Master of Science in Transportation degree, making it the first degree of its kind in the state. 

The program will start in the the fall semester. According to the university, it will also be one of the first in the United States that will train students in multi-modal freight and passenger transportation systems.

“This program will fill a vital need in training Louisiana residents to advance in a well-paid industry with an abundance of job opportunities,” said John Renne, associate provost of urban initiatives and director of the Merritt C. Becker Jr. U.N.O. Transportation Institute. 

Renne added that the transportation industry is one of the fastest-growing in the state. 

UNO says the Master of Science in Transportation will be designed for working professionals seeking career advancement. It will be offered in a hybrid online and on-campus format, similar to many other executive master's degree programs. 

The announcement comes as UNO tries to restructure in the face of budget cuts.

Last month, the State board of Regents approved a plan that cuts three master's programs, three PhD programs and the undergraduate program in Early Childhood Education. It also eliminates the school's entire geography department.

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