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    Default Online Master degrees in INFOSEC (B&M list)

    I have been surfing around trying to decide on an INFOSEC Master degree program for when I finish my BSIT at WGU. I am pretty much settled on pursuing a degree from a B&M rather than an online only university. Here is the list I have compiled so far. Hopefully it will be useful to others out there:

    North Eastern University

    Dakota State University
    **They also have an online Doctor of Science in Information Systems with the option for an emphasis in INFOSEC**

    Norwich University

    Boston University

    Nova Southeastern

    James Madison University

    George Washington University

    Georgia Tech

    University of Maryland University College

    Capitol College
    **They also have an online Doctor of Science in Information Systems with the option for an emphasis in INFOSEC**

    East Carolina University

    Davenport University

    Mercy College

    Regis University

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Penn State

    Lewis University

    University of Central Florida - M.S. Digital Forensics

    Columbus State University

    University of Advancing Technology

    DePaul University

    Iowa State University (Masters of Engineering in Information Assurance)

    University of Denver

    Northwestern University

    University of Advancing Technology

    Brandeis University

    University of Dallas (MBA + MS in Information Assurance)

    Fort Hays State University (MBA with concentration in INFOSEC)

    Stevens Institute of Technology

    City University of Seattle

    Florida State University

    George Mason University

    Walsh College (concentration in Digital Forensics)

    Utica College (Intelligence and Forensics)

    University of Maryland: University College

    MSIT: Emphasis in INFOSEC
    MS is Cybersecurity

    Options
    : MS+MBA or MS in Cyber Security + MBA or MS in IT + MS in Cyber Security
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    That looks like a good list. My company has partnerships with a couple of those schools.

    James Madison University has an MBA in Information Security. It is a very interesting concept. Each of the traditional MBA courses (accounting, management, business law, economics, etc) have an InfoSec bent to them, and then there are 4 InfoSec-only courses. The program through my work allows us to attend the first class of each course in person, but the rest is online; I am not sure if that is how it works for the general public.

    George Washington University has an interesting graduate certificate in InfoSec that is four classes. It isn't offered online for my company, although I think it is for the general public; it is only offered at our company facility. The certificate also counts towards their MS in Computer Science.

    Both schools are NSA Centers of Excellence.
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    East Carolina University has a good program as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve13ad View Post
    East Carolina University has a good program as well
    Yes, but insanely expensive for us that don't live in NC

    Thanks for the reminder. I will add that to the list
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    I think I listed most of these in the main online B&M degrees thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zartanasaurus View Post
    I think I listed most of these in the main online B&M degrees thread.
    You did, I just wanted to start a thread that specifically focuses on Master degrees in INFOSEC.
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    Graduate School & Graduate, MBA, Phd Programs & Degrees - GradSchools.com allows you to select schools with the program you want and the option for online. It's pretty comprehensive.
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    Nova is a pretty solid InfoSec program, I was going to go there when I thought things weren't going to workout at my local school.
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    UMUC (University of Maryland University College) is a great school. They are just now setting up their cybersecurity (BS/MS) program so a few of the introductory courses may not be available until spring.
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    I'm looking into starting a MS in InfoSec soon (hopefully this spring). My top choice would be Georgia Tech, but even with partial tuition reimbursement from my employer, I'm not going to be able to swing the nearly $40k for the program.

    After that, the James Madison InfoSec MS program seems pretty solid also. It was one of the original NSA Centers of Academic Excellence. I actually applied to the program and was accepted a couple of years back, but I had to put grad school on hold for some life issues. The interaction I had with the staff and faculty during the process was very positive.

    I'm trying to get into the best program that I can afford, so unless GA Tech offers me a scholarship or other assistance, I'll probably end up at JMU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pml1 View Post
    I'm looking into starting a MS in InfoSec soon (hopefully this spring). My top choice would be Georgia Tech, but even with partial tuition reimbursement from my employer, I'm not going to be able to swing the nearly $40k for the program.

    After that, the James Madison InfoSec MS program seems pretty solid also. It was one of the original NSA Centers of Academic Excellence. I actually applied to the program and was accepted a couple of years back, but I had to put grad school on hold for some life issues. The interaction I had with the staff and faculty during the process was very positive.

    I'm trying to get into the best program that I can afford, so unless GA Tech offers me a scholarship or other assistance, I'll probably end up at JMU.
    The JMU program looks good. If I didn't already have some pretty ambitious plans, they also have an InfoSec MBA, but it is only 90% online, having to meet the first class of each course on campus. It is a $30k program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pml1 View Post
    I'm trying to get into the best program that I can afford, so unless GA Tech offers me a scholarship or other assistance, I'll probably end up at JMU.
    You'll never know until you try. Try to get as high of a score on the GRE (I think that's what GA Tech takes) as you can and see what happens. Doesn't cost much to just apply.


    Add University of Dallas and Brandeis to the list.
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    And speaking of costs, there's an InfoSec grant you can get from the gubmint that pretty much covers all your tuition. It just requires that you work for the feds for so many years in return after you graduate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zartanasaurus View Post
    And speaking of costs, there's an InfoSec grant you can get from the gubmint that pretty much covers all your tuition. It just requires that you work for the feds for so many years in return after you graduate.
    Yeah, I think DHS and DoD both offer InfoSec scholarships. I certainly wouldn't mind they fed job after graduation, but I think they both require summer internships as well. I can't swing the internship, but any other TE readers who can should definitely check them out.
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    I really like the Carnegie Mellon MSIT with a concentration in ISA distance program. But the requirements to get into CMU are pretty high.

    MSIT Application Process : Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College
    http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-i...nce/index.aspx

    Not to mention that it's a $57k degree. But you pretty much write you own ticket with a degree from there.
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    I was just accepted to Boston University for their M.S in Computer Information Systems w/ a concentration in Security. So I'll see where that takes me.

    I also applied to Nova Southeastern University and Regis University.

    Regis University has a new MS in Information Assurance program that looked pretty solid.

    veritas_libertas, best of luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powerfool View Post
    The JMU program looks good. If I didn't already have some pretty ambitious plans, they also have an InfoSec MBA, but it is only 90% online, having to meet the first class of each course on campus. It is a $30k program.
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    edit - didn't catch the "online" part..
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    Quote Originally Posted by QHalo View Post
    I really like the Carnegie Mellon MSIT with a concentration in ISA distance program. But the requirements to get into CMU are pretty high.
    Looks like the average GRE Quant score is only 620. I know on the GaTech page they recommended a 700. The 1000-word essay would be annoying.
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    I was going on the 3 letters of recommendation, the GRE/GMAT, and that annoying essay. Seems like a lot to get into a graduate school. I mean DePaul's Masters programs are pretty top notch as well and they don't even require a GRE/GMAT.

    I'll look into the Georgia Tech program as well. If I'm going to drop dough on a Masters it's going to be from an amazing school no doubt. I think CMU fits that bill but my mind isn't made up just yet.

    Edit: Looks like GT is pretty much the same requirements. They ask for 3 letters as well. Any idea what the tuition is looking like? I'm going to continue to dig on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QHalo View Post
    Edit: Looks like GT is pretty much the same requirements. They ask for 3 letters as well. Any idea what the tuition is looking like? I'm going to continue to dig on this.
    Just over $1,000 per credit hour for 32 hours plus a $300 per semester fee. Ends up being around $37,000 if you take 6 hours a semester and then spend one semester on a 5 hour practicum.
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    CMU is $339 a unit but requires 144 units in their program. That brings the total just over $56k. DePaul's programs run in the upper $40k's so $37k is pretty cheap. Thanks for the quick response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QHalo View Post
    Edit: Looks like GT is pretty much the same requirements. They ask for 3 letters as well. Any idea what the tuition is looking like? I'm going to continue to dig on this.
    This is what I found:

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    Great thanks! I always forget to just look for the bursar's office.
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