UD Announces Partnership with Leading Canadian University
Gupta College of Business to Offer Cybersecurity Specialty to Odette Graduates
Date Published: September 23, 2020
A new partnership with the University of Dallas will provide MBA and Master of Management
graduates of the Odette School of Business (OSB) at the University of Windsor an opportunity to gain internationally recognized cybersecurity
skills and certification entirely online.
UWindsor's OSB is the first Canadian university to partner with the University of
Dallas’ Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business, designated a national center of
academic excellence in cyber defence education by the National Security Agency (NSA),
and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Students will develop specialized skills in areas of data protection, compliance and
legal issues, and operational cybersecurity management, or network security.
“We see this as a tremendous value-added opportunity for our MBA and Master of Management
grads,” said OSB Dean Mitch Fields. “Because of our partnership with the University
of Dallas, the program offers an exceptional discount, in which our students will
have the opportunity to enhance their degree and skill set with U.S. credentials that
are both relevant and marketable in today’s world.”
“The partnership is a win-win for both our schools,” said UD Gupta College of Business
Dean Brett J. L. Landry, Ph.D. “OSB can offer cutting-edge cybersecurity courses, while we can reach and
expand UD’s offerings to the Canadian market through such a well-respected and well-known
OSB’s MBA Program Director Kent Walker, Ph.D., added a key benefit for Canadian students is that there are few
similar programs offered in Canada, none of which can be completed entirely online.
"This education gap exists despite the fact that the area of cybersecurity has grown
tremendously, with the trend dramatically accelerated because of changes related to
COVID,” said Walker. “Our students will have an opportunity to acquire a piece of
their education that is very much in demand, but not available to many other Canadians,
so we’re really excited about the possibilities this offers.”
Associate Dean of UD’s Gupta College of Business Sri Beldona, Ph.D., noted how the partnership will pave a seamless path for OSB students and
alumni to obtain a cybersecurity certificate. “Through a short web application, alumni
and current students of OSB gain expedited admission to the cybersecurity program
at UD. Upon successful completion of the courses, students not only achieve certification,
but also a micro-credential digital badge to share on leading professional networking
Learn more about UD's Gupta College of Business Cybersecurity Programs.