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Your chance to shape the future of business, worldwide.

Learn the fundamentals of blockchain technology and how to use these new capabilities in a variety of business applications like financial services, banking, identity management, and more. This executive degree teaches the core concepts, frameworks, and skills necessary to lead and implement blockchain initiatives that make digital transactions more secure. You’ll study concepts such as:

  • The role of blockchain technology in finance
  • Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, and their market impact
  • Using blockchain technology to address data accuracy, reliability, and transparency
  • Components and structures of blockchain business networks
  • And more!
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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

Executive Master of Science in Global Business with Blockchain Technology

Learn blockchain technology in an executive program format with UC’s global business graduate program featuring a blockchain focus. In this one-of-a-kind executive program, you’ll prepare to excel at the intersection of two professional fields experiencing rapid growth: business and IT.

You’ll build an expert understanding of blockchain technology through virtual lab exercises, research, and hands-on activities. In addition, our cutting-edge curriculum will teach you applications for blockchain within a global business context. Through this executive degree program, you’ll learn how to: 

  • Develop programming code to implement crypto assets and perform blockchain data mining
  • Create and implement cryptocurrencies, hyper ledgers, Ethereum, and decentralized applications
  • Analyze blockchain technology’s impact on different aspects of business
  • Address specific needs and challenges in the field of blockchain technology

Course Requirements

  • BLCN 531  Introduction to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • BLCN 532  Blockchain Development
  • BLCN 533  Finance and Blockchain
  • BLCN 534  Fundamentals of Database Systems
  • BLCN 535  Cryptography*
  • BLCN 631  Blockchain Implementation
  • BLCN 632  Data Mining**
  • BLCN 633  Global Marketing and Blockchain
  • BLCN 634  Human Resource Management and Blockchain
  • BLCN 636 Legal & Regulatory Framework of Blockchain
  • *BLCN 535 Cryptography is currently taught as ISOL 535
    **BLCN 632 Data Mining is currently taught as ITS 632
  • BADM 699 Capstone (1 hour) or INTR 599 Applied Learning Practicum (1 hour)

**Executive format students can take the course or INTR 599 as part of their program degree requirements.  The Computer and Information Sciences Department, the School of Business, and the Leadership graduate (Masters and Doctorate) executive format programs have an applied learning component (internship/practicum) that is an integral (essential) part of the established curriculum.  Due to the applied learning component required for the degree program, executive format students must enroll in INTR every term of enrollment. 

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Executive Student Resources

UC's Department of International Graduate Services enjoys providing support resources for our international students. Find tutorials and information regarding offices and policies for the International Graduate Students and programs.

Executive Program Format

Our Executive Programs include hybrid course days designed for international graduate students studying in the U.S., or domestic students seeking a hybrid-format program.  We strive to incorporate professional experience and real-world application of course curriculum into our programs to enhance the learning experience.  Practical Training is an integral part of program coursework and available to all students.  At the University of the Cumberlands our degree programs focus on quality education at an affordable price.

Executive Program students take three (3) courses per semester.  The program semester is based on the existing UC semester calendar, with three (3) annual semesters: fall, spring, and summer.  Two of the courses each semester focus on the specific program content.  Additionally, students will be required to attend an intensive residency weekend as part of their course enrollment each term.  The third class includes an Applied Learning Practicum, in which students apply what they are learning in their other two courses to the real world via work or internship experiences.

Residency FAQs

Residency Session dates are determined by the course that you are registered for. It is very important that you make note of the class you registered for, as well as the designated residency weekend for that course as each course will only meet one weekend for the duration of the semester.

Even though we will only be meeting one weekend per semester, we will have the same number of contact hours with you. This will enable the instructors to make residency weekends much more valuable. This change will allow us to have meaningful projects on residency weekends.

You can view your semester schedule in your self-service portal in your Student Profile. Once you log into your MyUC account, click on Academics, then click on Current Schedule. Your schedule details will indicate the date and location of your residency weekend.

You can find information on the residency site locations on our website.

Yes, all three days are mandatory, and requests to arrive late or leave early will not be approved. Should you not be in attendance for the full session, you will be counted absent for the entire session. Please plan travel accordingly!

Attendance to each executive residency class session is mandatory. Students may make up no more than one (1) residency session throughout the duration of their academic program. Missing a second residency will result in the student being dismissed from the university.

A missed session will result in the student attending a make-up session, and paying a $300 residency make-up fee. In addition, the student may be asked for documentation from the program department providing an explanation as to why the scheduled residency session was missed. Make-up sessions must be completed prior to the end of the term. Noncompliance with this policy will result in dismissal from the executive program.

Make-up residency sessions will be held at our campus in Williamsburg, KY. You will be contacted with the time and dates after your absence is reported. There will only be one (1) residency make-up session offered each semester. Failure to attend all days of the makeup session will result in receiving a failing grade for the course, as well as potential dismissal from the University, and SEVIS termination. 

If you cannot be in attendance for all three days then you will be counted absent for the entire residency weekend and be required to attend the make-up residency and pay the $300 make-up fee.

The Department of International Graduate Services will contact you via your UC student email as registration for the next term approaches. Please remember that you are required to register for (one) main class, (one) online class, and Applied Learning Practicum each semester in order to maintain your F1 status – late registration will not be accepted and can result in the termination of your student status. 

Once you register for a class you will want to make note of the residency weekend that your class is scheduled, as that is the only session for that class that will be scheduled for the semester. You will need to be sure to plan your travel accordingly to ensure that you are in attendance for the full residency session.

Registration is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a course is full, there will not be additional seats added, as we cannot exceed classroom seating capacity; therefore, it is advised that you register for classes as much in advance as possible. As a reminder, students cannot register for future semesters until their current tuition balance is paid in full.

*Please note all times are in local time zone*

Friday

Facility will open at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday

Facility will open at 7:00 a.m.

Sunday

Facility will open at 7:00 a.m.

We ask that you please take note of the above-mentioned times and schedule your travel accordingly.

*These dates have been set; however, if any changes are made, they will be made prior to registration for that semester. Not all dates are available at each residency location.

Fall 2023 (August 28 – December 15)

  • September 29 – October 1
  • October 6 – 8
  • October 13 – 15
  • October 20 – 22
  • November 3 – 5
  • November 10 – 12
  • November 17 – 19

Spring 2024 (January 8th – April 26th)

  • February 9 – 11
  • February 16 – 18
  • February 23 – 25
  • March 1 – 3
  • March 8 – 10
  • March 15 – 17
  • March 22 – 24
  • April 5 – 7

Summer 2024 (May 6th – August 23rd)

  • May 31 – June 2
  • June 7 – 9
  • June 14 – 16
  • June 21 – 23
  • June 28 – 30
  • July 12 – 14
  • July 19 – 21
  • July 26 – 28
  • August 2 – 4

Fall 2024 (August 26th – December 13th)

  • September 27 – 29
  • October 4 – 6
  • October 11 – 13
  • October 18 – 20
  • October 25 – 27
  • November 1 – 3
  • November 8 – 10
  • November 15 – 17
  • November 22 – 24 
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Mission & Goals

The mission of the global business with blockchain master's program is to prepare students to become productive, competent, and ethical professionals in the business world.

Gain an understanding of and competence in using blockchain technology
Implement database solutions in the context of blockchain technology
Develop programming code to implement crypto assets and perform blockchain mining with foundational terminology
Analyze blockchain technology's impact on different aspects of business
Address specific needs and challenges in the field of blockchain technology
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Blockchain in Business Careers & Outcomes

All stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Logistician: $77,520

Logistician: $77,520

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain.

Management Analyst: $95,290

Management Analyst: $95,290

Management analysts recommend ways to improve an organization’s efficiency.

Purchasing Manager: $75,120

Purchasing Manager: $75,120

Buyers and purchasing agents buy products and services for organizations. Purchasing managers oversee the work of buyers and purchasing agents.

Chief Executive: $189,520

Chief Executive: $189,520

Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Information Research Scientist: $136,620

Information Research Scientist: $136,620

Computer and information research scientists design innovative uses for new and existing computing technology.

Top Executive: $100,090

Top Executive: $100,090

Top executives plan strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals.

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Common Questions

Simply put, blockchain is a data protocol that allows non-trusted partners to collaborate and agree on the validity of transactions without anyone overseeing the process. Why? Because transactional information is recorded in a digital ledger comprised of linked blocks that each contain multiple transactions. Since changing one block would require changing all the blocks, this system is difficult to hack or cheat. 

While blockchain technology was initially developed to facilitate cryptocurrency transactions, it holds so much more potential. Blockchain’s fundamental property of online security makes it the optimal tool for handling all sorts of digital transactions. The many uses of blockchain technology include secure medical data sharing, supply chain and logistics monitoring, cross-border payments, and even voting.

For those interested in IT, business, finance, and related areas, a career that involves developing and implementing blockchain technology may be highly rewarding. Though still a relatively new and evolving field, blockchain is creating many jobs. In fact, data from the U.S. Department of Labor projects that blockchain engineer roles will grow faster than average over the next decade. 

In addition, a variety of growing career paths may call for blockchain skills and expertise. For example, demand for computer and information systems managers is growing to match the pace of advancing information security threats. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in this occupation will increase by 11 percent over the next decade, much faster than average for all professions. Potential job titles include chief information officer (CIO), chief technology officer (CTO), IT director, and IT security manager.

For many, it’s clear that blockchain has changed business—and the world — for the better. Earning a blockchain degree may be a smart investment for the following reasons:

  • Career opportunities. Business applications for blockchain are on the rise. In fact, this technology is revolutionizing industries as diverse as banking, global finance, supply chain management, health care, digital media, and beyond. With a blockchain degree under your belt, you could expand your career options and stand out to employers. 
  • Higher earnings. Earning an advanced degree with a focus on blockchain technology could help you prepare for high-paying career paths. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information systems managers earned a median annual salary of $159,010 in 2021. Many employers prefer these professionals to earn a graduate degree.
  • The chance to shape the future. Modern organizations have only scratched the surface of what’s possible with blockchain technology. Earning a blockchain degree could prepare you to lead the way forward in this exciting field—and unlock career opportunities as you go.

All programs at University of the Cumberlands are offered at some of the lowest rates in the nation – and we even include free textbooks through our One Price Promise! For more information on how affordable this program would be for you, visit our Financial Aid page.

Each course lasts eight weeks, called a bi-term. There are two bi-terms per semester, and three semesters per year (fall, spring, and summer). Many classes are asynchronous, meaning there is no set login time; you can work on schoolwork whenever you find time. Cumberlands provides free rental textbooks to online students as part of its One Price Promise. 

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Executive Program Admission Requirements

All students in our executive programs are required to meet a standard set of admissions requirements for graduate students.

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Dr. Karina Kasztelnik

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