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New Degree Program at Missouri State University

Missouri State University set itself a part from other schools in the country today. It announced that the university will offer what's believed to be the first degree in IT Service Management in the United States. KSMU's Jana Greer has more about the new program.

Missouri State University partnered with IBM to create the first degree available in IT Service Management in the U.S. The program will be offered through the school's College of Business Administration. The new curriculum addresses the expansion of the services sector that represents over 75-percent of the United States economy. Ester Ferre is the General Manager of Computer Industry for IBM. She says it is important for universities to educate students in these growing fields.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics it is expected that service sector jobs will be 90-percent of all new jobs by 2012. The new degree will be useful in a wide range of industries such as financial services, healthcare, engineering and IT management. Ron Bottin is the Dean of Missouri State's College of Business Administration. He says he thinks the new program will make Missouri State more competitive with other schools.

IBM is supporting the new program by supplying course materials, lab exercises, class assignments and case studies. Classes for the program will be available next semester and students will be able to enroll in the program next fall.