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    Masters for computer security geek

    Hi all. I was wanting to go for a master program that would be useful for a career in computer security. I was looking at DePaulís distance ed program:

    http://www.cti.depaul.edu/programs/2...asp?print=true

    What do the AO folks recommend?

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    Check out the Norwich offering at http://www.msia.norwich.edu/overview.htm. It is another of the IA centers for excellence. The faculty in this program are prominent and pretty good. I wish I had the time and cash to do this one. This one is about $26,000 plus a few things.

    The University of Washington has an on-line master's program, as well. You can peruse them at:
    http://www.grad.washington.edu/progs/gradprogs2.asp. They have a new Information Assurance program, which may not be listed here yet. But they are pricing it at $50,000 for an 18 month program (twice the Norwich, but nowhere near the quality of faculty or prominence).

    The online programs provide a working professional with the opportunity to apply learnings to the current employer (with permission and support, of course). If I were younger, I'd go for the Norwich program in a heartbeat.

    Anymore, it just seems like too much work.

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    Also be sure to look at offerings from:

    1) Purdue
    2) Stanford
    3) U of So. Cal
    4) Carnigie Mellon (sp)

    All have excellent programs. Oh and if you wanna be like me, checkout NYU.
    http://www.cs.nyu.edu/web/Academic/Graduate/msis.html

    Keep in mind, you better have some serious bling lined up for any of these schools. Mine was 25 grand about 10 years ago.

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    Rapier57 provided very good links (any NSA certified Center of Academic Excellence has a status/credibility of its own), but since i really don't know what kind of budget you have, try this:

    http://www.elearners.com/online-degr...r-security.htm

    /just_info: the links provided by rapier have an extra dot on the end (404 result)

    cheers

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    Fixed the links. Sorry about that. Silly formatting issue.

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    Wow, the prices are giving me sticker shock.

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    LOL. Wait till you get the course load. Have fun with it and a full time job. Hope you're not married or you may not live long enough to earn the degree.


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    Happens to the best

    Wow, the prices are giving me sticker shock.
    hell...all the experience i have is either hands-on, from internships or >1000Ä courses.
    I suspected that some degrees the gurus from AO have would be expensive, but $25000?
    i can by a Benz with that kind of ca$h

    good luck

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    IronGeek I don't want to hijack this thread but I do.... th13 or IG do you know of any good schoold for undergrad that you can do distance learning? I too am here in Indiana so I have considered PU but dont think they do a lot of the stuff off campus... On the plus side my company will pay for all of it so I am willing to look anywhere as well.

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    Real, accredited undergrad programs are rare, online. There are diploma mills, but you don't want to go there. You might check out your local community colleges for the basic courses, some of which can be done online, then transfer that to a four-year college or university to finish out the BA or BS in whatever mode you can. The schools are starting to offer more and more hybrid on-campus/on-line courses. Once you have the BA/BS, then look at the masters programs.

    BTW, I forgot to mention that SANS has a masters program:
    http://www.sans.edu/

    I think it will cost in the $26,000 range, too, once you have completed all the requirements.

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