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Milligan announces new programs in coaching, criminology, and cybersecurity

MILLIGAN, Tenn. (Nov. 9, 2021) – Milligan University announced today that it will add several new programs to meet market needs and student interest. The new programs will launch in Fall 2022* and include: a master’s in coaching and sport management; an undergraduate major in criminology/criminal justice; and an undergraduate major and minor in cybersecurity.

“These additions will strengthen Milligan’s curriculum and provide important new opportunities for our students,” said Dr. R. Garland Young, vice president for academic affairs and dean. “They exemplify the culture of innovation that Milligan President Bill Greer has encouraged.”

The master’s degree in coaching and sport management will prepare graduates for leadership roles in sports and athletics. It is a two-year program primarily in an on-campus format with occasional online requirements or options.

“This program will promote professional engagement in advanced levels of athletics with the Christian faith as the basis for serving and leading in athletics,” said Dr. Trini Rangel, associate professor of exercise science. “The program is structured to provide for a wide variety of electives that will allow students from multiple undergraduate disciplines to tailor their program to meet their specific needs and interests.”

The criminology/criminal justice major will prepare students for careers or graduate school in the fields of law, social services, forensics, and research.

“There are dozens of rewarding job opportunities in areas like crime prevention, victim advocacy, corrections and rehabilitation, and investigative work,” said Dr. Rebecca Sapp, chair of the social learning area. “In these jobs, our students can positively impact their communities and beyond by being trained at Milligan as servant leaders with a quality education providing the knowledge and skills to do this career with excellence.”

The cybersecurity major blends the strengths of Milligan’s computer science curriculum with best practices from the National Security Agency.

“As more employees work from home and schools go virtual, the need for sound cybersecurity to protect sensitive and mission critical data has been elevated,” said Dr. Carolyn Carter, associate dean of the William B. Greene, Jr. School of Business and Technology. “Milligan is uniquely positioned to provide a Christ-centric, technically competent education to provide students with the background to become leaders in this field.”

Financial aid is available for students interested in these programs. To learn more about Milligan, visit

*The MACAA degree is pending SACSCOC approval to start in Fall 2022.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit or call 800-262-8337.

Posted by Chase McGlamery on November 9, 2021.