Department of Advanced Technologies

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The Department of Advanced Technologies is a leader in preparing nationally board Certified Industrial Technologists (CIT) for private and public sector employers; in preparing state-certified teachers of vocational and technical education and in delivering engineering education through pre-professional transfer programs and pre-engineering outreach programs. Applied Research is conducted by faculty and departmental students which impacts the quality of life of the Lower Mississippi Delta Region. Community Service is provided through industrial extension activities, teacher in-service and pre-service programs, youth development programs, and community and economic development initiatives. 

This is where the future happens. This is where you apply scientific principles to create and manipulate amazing technology that constantly changes our world. Choose from the following three bachelor’s degree programs, all state-of-the-art technology:

  • Applied Science - Focus your degree on an exciting concentration like bio-medical engineering technology, computer engineering technology, electro-mechanical engineering technology, geospatial engineering technology, geographic information science (GIS) and technology, geographic information science (GIS) and natural resource management, medical radiologic science and technology, medical or industrial technology management, nuclear engineering technology, or radiation technology/health physics.

  • Computer Networking and Information Technology - Our rigorous Computer Networking and Information Technology (CNIT) program prepares you to design, implement, and maintain systems in diverse and complex computing environments, with a focus on real-world experience and certification with external bodies like Microsoft and Cisco.

  • Robotics and Automation Technology - Gain practical experience in our robotics, fluid power, and flexible industrial production labs as you work toward becoming an ATMAE Certified Technology Manager, prepared to design, install, and run computer-integrated manufacturing technologies.

We also offer a pre-engineering program that allows you to complete the first two years of an engineering degree at Alcorn and then transfer to an engineering school to finish your bachelor’s degree. Designed to encourage young and underrepresented students to pursue careers in engineering, this is the only program of its kind in Mississippi.

At the graduate level, the Department of Advanced Technologies can help you advance your career with a master’s degree in workforce education leadership or a master’s of applied science and technology degree. Click to expand the accordion folder below and learn more about each.

For more information, please contact our department at 601-877-6482


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This Master's degree program, offered jointly through Alcorn State University (ASU) and Mississippi State University (MSU), will prepare graduates to become facilitators of workforce, industry, and community change that will meet the needs of an increasingly diverse clientele. The main objective of this program is to train students to be employed in workforce education leadership positions at rural community colleges. Courses offered only at ASU may be taken by distance education by MSU students and vice versa. That is, students at either university are encouraged to take some of their courses at the other institution, usually via distance education techniques. (Each institution's name will appear on each diploma.) The program is designed to prepare students to become effective leaders in a variety of rural educational settings, business and industry.  


A Master’s of Applied Science and Technology degree program is designed to provide access to technical graduate work in Southwest Mississippi and the rural counties served. The intended student audience is all technical undergraduate majors in the areas of engineering, technology, applied science, and physical sciences. The graduate program offers both online and conventional face-to-face classroom delivery of instruction and training. This is intended to maximize the convenience to students from remote locations which are enrolled in the program. We provide the following concentrations: 

         COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND NETWORK TECHNOLOGY - The Computer Systems and Network Technology concentration focuses on Computer Networking and Management, providing advanced study in the implementation and management of information technology. The program covers hardware and software experiences in advanced technologies used in the design, implementation, administration, monitoring, optimization, and maintenance of data communication and computer networking systems in industry. Graduation from this concentration opens up career opportunities in occupations such as: Chief Information Officer, Network Architect, Information Security Officer, Network Administrator, Corporate Technology Trainer, Computer Analyst, Information Systems Consultant, and Technology Integration Specialist.  

        ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING -  Electrical and Electronics Engineering technologist conducts research, and designs, develops, tests, and oversees the development of electronic systems and the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment and devices. From the global positioning system that can continuously provide the location of a vehicle to giant electric power generators, electrical and electronics engineers are responsible for a wide range of technologies.

        TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT - The Technology Management concentration prepares graduates to address today’s complex business problems with innovative solutions. Organizations require managers and leaders that understand the importance of business knowledge, technology and innovation in driving organizational value to increase competitiveness. Therefore, the program offers graduates the needed interdisciplinary skills to successfully compete in today’s team-oriented, horizontally organized and globally competitive workplace. Graduates are prepared to manage people, processes, and information in public and private sectors. Emphasis is placed on various facets including strategic, behavioral, organizational, and social topics.  

       GEOSPATIAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY- The Geospatial Engineering Technology (GET) concentration has broad emphasis on transportation and natural resources. It is offered in two specialty areas: 1) Transportation and 2) Natural Resource Management (NRM). Both areas are offered with the thesis and project options. The two options offer students the opportunity to fulfill their course requirements and academic aspirations. A total of 24 hours may be selected from the listed restricted electives.    


      HOMELAND SECURITY - Homeland Security will be a top priority and a critical issue for local, state, and the federal government as well as the corporate sector in the next decades. As America continues to face threats, the need for professionals with applied knowledge, solid skills, and practical experience will increase. Graduates of the program will possess proficiency in the research, development, and analysis of security strategies; critical agency infrastructures and their inter-relationships; team leadership and cooperative planning; and formulating and executing integrated, rapid responses to crisis situations 

        RADIOLOGICAL HEALTH SCIENCE - The Radiological Health Science concentration prepares graduates to address/solve applied health-physics problems in an industry, hospital, academia, research, or in any settings where radiation is used for beneficial purposes. The nuclear industry requires professionals who can demonstrate broad technical knowledge, professional judgment in radiation related issues; ability to work independently, and knowledge in different areas of nuclear related fields. The program prepares its graduates to be able to take up professional jobs in the nuclear related fields, with abilities to conduct advanced research and prepare them to continue doctoral level education.