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  • JTP's WGU MS CSIA Update Thread

    Following suit with my my bachelor's degree, I wanted to start a progress thread for my Masters Degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance with Western Govenors University.

    I went back and forth several times between masters programs and eventually settled on WGU. My main factors of consideration were cost, time, and curriculum. In the end WGU gave me the lowest cost, saved me time (I already have my CEH & CHFI), and I've read several reviews attesting to the worth of the program.

    At this point I have my transcripts and certifications sent and evaluated by the school. I am now waiting for my "official" acceptance to the program and verification of a 1 Feb 2017 start date.

    Once I get that verification I will submit documentation to my employer attempting to get them to pay for my first session so I am out no money...Fingers crossed.

    I will update this thread periodically as things come up. Not much information now, but feel free to ask any questions.
    Last edited by JTP; 12-08-2016, 08:12 PM.
    Working On: MS CSIA From WGU

    B.S. Cybersecurity - COSC - August 2016
    A.S. - COSC - May 2015

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    Way way way in the future, I hope to enroll in this program as well (it's in line with my professional career, unlike my BA)... So I look forward to following along with your journey and wish you the best of luck!

    (And hope the program isn't too much more difficult when I eventually sign on, if that's the path I take)
    Working on: BS IT-Sec, WGU (79/123 CUs complete)

    BA Psychology, Thomas Edison State, 2016
    AA Sociology, community college, 2015
    Linux+, LPIC-1 Linux Admin, Security+, Network+, A+, and CIW Site Development Associate certified
    BA completed using community college, Competency-Based Education (via Patten University - would not recommend), Study.com, Coopersmith Career Consulting (via Tor College Credits), TESU courses, and a handful of free ACE-recommended credits. See my full BA path here! BS being completed by Competency-Based Education (via WGU - would recommend!)

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    • #3
      I look forward to reading about your MSCSIA journey. I've gone back and forth between various WGU programs vs. GA Tech OMSCS vs doing nothing.

      I've depleted my tuition reimbursement for the year, so I'm staying out of WGU grad programs until sometime next year. I'm going to time the start date so that I can draw upon tuition reimbursement again. I could try to get the department to pay, but they already spent $10k of specialized IT training on me and it's unusual for the department budget at my company to pay for degrees. For myself, I would not pursue any degree unless the company paid for it.

      I'm not sure which grad program I'll do, but I'll decide after consulting with the boss and other executives.
      TESU BA CS and Math (graduated December 2016)
      Courses/exams for both BA Computer Science and BA Mathematics: SL Calc 1, SL Calc 2, APU Linear algebra, TESU capstone
      Courses/exams for BA Computer Science: TESU Computer Architecture, DSST MIS, DSST cybersecurity, CSU-Global System Analysis, rest B&M courses from the past
      Courses/exams for BA Mathematics: TESU College Geometry, TESU Mathematical Modeling, edX differential equations (2 courses), rest B&M courses from the past

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      • #4
        I'm playing the IT career development budget game too, TrailRunr! I feel you.
        Working on: BS IT-Sec, WGU (79/123 CUs complete)

        BA Psychology, Thomas Edison State, 2016
        AA Sociology, community college, 2015
        Linux+, LPIC-1 Linux Admin, Security+, Network+, A+, and CIW Site Development Associate certified
        BA completed using community college, Competency-Based Education (via Patten University - would not recommend), Study.com, Coopersmith Career Consulting (via Tor College Credits), TESU courses, and a handful of free ACE-recommended credits. See my full BA path here! BS being completed by Competency-Based Education (via WGU - would recommend!)

        Check out DegreeForum's Community-Supported Wiki!

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        • #5
          I'm also playing said game. I've been told there is money available but not how much or what qualifies. So I'm just trying to prepare all of my paperwork as soon as possible to get any FY17 funds I can...if nothing comes through I'll probably hold of on the masters till funding other than my pocket or loans becomes available.
          Working On: MS CSIA From WGU

          B.S. Cybersecurity - COSC - August 2016
          A.S. - COSC - May 2015

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          • #6
            I received my acceptance/evaluation for the program, but for some reason they only accepted my CEH cert and not the CHFI. My enrollment counselor caught this quickly and resent my verification paperwork from EC-Council and said it should be re-evaluated and updated within a business day.

            So far I'm pretty happy with my counselor, he is super helpful and has never been overbearing as I've heard can happen on occasion with WGU.
            Working On: MS CSIA From WGU

            B.S. Cybersecurity - COSC - August 2016
            A.S. - COSC - May 2015

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            • #7
              I had my "intake" interview with my enrollment counselor a week a go which I guess is the final "seriously I'm interested and understand school costs money," talk before they officially accept you. It really wasn't too bad, I just didn't understand the point of it since my enrollment counselor was pretty thorough and covered all my questions earlier on.

              After that a few days later I got my official acceptance letter that outlined the courses and a detailed price breakdown for the program. This was important for me to be able to fill out the paperwork to apply for tuition aid. All paper work had been created and submitted. I really have no idea how long it will take to be approved or denied. No one in my area has applied for tuition assistance in years, and I'm even applying for a special tier for full coverage.

              If everything goes well start date is set for 1 February 2017.
              Last edited by JTP; 01-01-2017, 05:19 PM.
              Working On: MS CSIA From WGU

              B.S. Cybersecurity - COSC - August 2016
              A.S. - COSC - May 2015

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              • #8
                Thanks for the update, and good luck!
                Working on: BS IT-Sec, WGU (79/123 CUs complete)

                BA Psychology, Thomas Edison State, 2016
                AA Sociology, community college, 2015
                Linux+, LPIC-1 Linux Admin, Security+, Network+, A+, and CIW Site Development Associate certified
                BA completed using community college, Competency-Based Education (via Patten University - would not recommend), Study.com, Coopersmith Career Consulting (via Tor College Credits), TESU courses, and a handful of free ACE-recommended credits. See my full BA path here! BS being completed by Competency-Based Education (via WGU - would recommend!)

                Check out DegreeForum's Community-Supported Wiki!

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                • #9
                  ***Vent***

                  I'm stuck in this idiotic song and dance where the Government has the money and said they will pay for my school...and WGU wants money for me to go to school, but apparently the lines of communication are not there.

                  I've emailed/called/ 17 different people trying to get this figured out and I keep getting passed off to someone else. Granted I am in a unique situation, even for government Tuition Assistance.

                  I finally had a little progress yesterday with WGU's TA and VA office and I think...maybe they will have some answers for me in the next day or so.

                  Working On: MS CSIA From WGU

                  B.S. Cybersecurity - COSC - August 2016
                  A.S. - COSC - May 2015

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                  • #10
                    Mike in the TA office at WGU is the man!!! He helped me get everything squared away with the school. My tuition assistance showed up Friday and I was cleared for the semester. I'm hoping to complete all of the mandatory orientation over a couple evenings this week so I can hit the ground running next week when my term starts.
                    Working On: MS CSIA From WGU

                    B.S. Cybersecurity - COSC - August 2016
                    A.S. - COSC - May 2015

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JTP View Post
                      Mike in the TA office at WGU is the man!!! He helped me get everything squared away with the school. My tuition assistance showed up Friday and I was cleared for the semester. I'm hoping to complete all of the mandatory orientation over a couple evenings this week so I can hit the ground running next week when my term starts.
                      The orientation was super easy. An evening or two will not be a problem.
                      Working on: BS IT-Sec, WGU (79/123 CUs complete)

                      BA Psychology, Thomas Edison State, 2016
                      AA Sociology, community college, 2015
                      Linux+, LPIC-1 Linux Admin, Security+, Network+, A+, and CIW Site Development Associate certified
                      BA completed using community college, Competency-Based Education (via Patten University - would not recommend), Study.com, Coopersmith Career Consulting (via Tor College Credits), TESU courses, and a handful of free ACE-recommended credits. See my full BA path here! BS being completed by Competency-Based Education (via WGU - would recommend!)

                      Check out DegreeForum's Community-Supported Wiki!

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                      • #12
                        Ok, way past due for an update!

                        Life has been insanely busy the past month or so. I did get in the orientation early and got access the weekend before my term started.

                        When choosing my first courses my mentor informed me Cyberwarfare was the course all of his students had the most trouble with and the one that always took the longest...so I decided to take it first. My initial thought being that if I can tackle this everything else should be a breeze. Now granted I have been extremely busy at work and home the past month, I have found the course to be a nice challenge. It may have been overkill, but I've read the majority of the textbook, and just submitted the first paper this evening. Currently 134 in queue for grading, so I'll let the forum know how it went in a day or so.

                        Overall I like the course and the format so far. It was a little overwhelming at first grasping all of the various web portals and where content was located but you pick it up quickly. I had two questions I wanted clarified on course material and the course mentor responded within 2 hours each time.
                        Working On: MS CSIA From WGU

                        B.S. Cybersecurity - COSC - August 2016
                        A.S. - COSC - May 2015

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                        • #13
                          Task 1 was graded late Wednesday/ early Thursday and needed revisions in two sections. Very minor stuff and was able to fix it in 10 minutes and get it resubmitted Friday. Second Eval came in today and was accepted. Now on to Task 2.
                          Working On: MS CSIA From WGU

                          B.S. Cybersecurity - COSC - August 2016
                          A.S. - COSC - May 2015

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                          • #14
                            Task 2 was much longer than task 1. I was pleasantly surprised when it met all requirements the first time through.

                            Task 3 on the other hand was the shortest paper for the course and took me 3 submissions to get through.

                            I'm starting to really understand people's frustration with Taskstream. I feel my end product wasn't nearly the level of the original. I literally copied a couple paragraphs from one section and pasted it in another for it to pass the last time. And I mean I just pasted it, flow was extremely rough, but because the content was in section x and not section y it passed.

                            Meh.

                            JIT2 is underway and only has 1 large paper.
                            Working On: MS CSIA From WGU

                            B.S. Cybersecurity - COSC - August 2016
                            A.S. - COSC - May 2015

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                            • #15
                              How is the course content so far? Acceptable, or leaving a lot to be desired?

                              I heard a horror story of a case study from the program being a Windows 95 era story, presented as if it was relevant to present day Cybersecurity. Has this kind of thing been your experience so far?
                              Working on: BS IT-Sec, WGU (79/123 CUs complete)

                              BA Psychology, Thomas Edison State, 2016
                              AA Sociology, community college, 2015
                              Linux+, LPIC-1 Linux Admin, Security+, Network+, A+, and CIW Site Development Associate certified
                              BA completed using community college, Competency-Based Education (via Patten University - would not recommend), Study.com, Coopersmith Career Consulting (via Tor College Credits), TESU courses, and a handful of free ACE-recommended credits. See my full BA path here! BS being completed by Competency-Based Education (via WGU - would recommend!)

                              Check out DegreeForum's Community-Supported Wiki!

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