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Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, or Accounting
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I work for a state agency that controls the purse strings for the state government and enforces tax laws. My agency, technically, does not have tuition reimbursement. However, you can convince them to pay for continuing education, including college courses, as long as it's related to your position or another position in the agency. Since I'm about to be finished with my medical science program soon, I'm thinking about getting my employer to pay for a term at WGU. It's hard for me to pass up free money. 

Accounting is directly related to my current position, but tax law is boring. I also don't know if WGU would admit me without an accounting degree, even if I complete an undergraduate certificate in accounting. 

Cybersecurity would be most interesting to me, but I don't know if they'll accept my BSBA in CIS with a couple of cybersecurity courses as meeting the admissions requirements. 

I should meet the admissions requirements for the data analytics program. I haven't really thought about a career in big data, data analytics, or data science, but stronger skills in statistics and SAS could help me in landing a job as an epidemiologist with my MS or in social science research with my PhD. 

In the end, I think I'll lean toward the program that requires the least amount of writing. 

P.S. I dropped out of the Walden program before completing any work. I knew I wasn't going to write all those papers.  Big Grin
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#2
You are so right on the papers. I just finished my tenth competency and the papers have been ten to twenty pages each. Haha!
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#3
If it had been my first graduate degree, I probably would have pushed through it. But, my first master's and PhD required a lot of writing. I just can't do any more research papers.
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AAS, AS, BA, and BS
CLEP
Intro Psych 70, US His I 64, Intro Soc 63, Intro Edu Psych 70, A&I Lit 64, Bio 68, Prin Man 69, Prin Mar 68
DSST
Life Dev Psych 62, Fund Coun 68, Intro Comp 469, Intro Astr 56, Env & Hum 70, HTYH 456, MIS 451, Prin Sup 453, HRM 62, Bus Eth 458
ALEKS
Int Alg, Coll Alg
TEEX
4 credits
TECEP
Fed Inc Tax, Sci of Nutr, Micro, Strat Man, Med Term, Pub Relations
CSU
Sys Analysis & Design, Programming, Cyber
SL
Intro to Comm, Microbio, Acc I
Uexcel
A&P
Davar
Macro, Intro to Fin, Man Acc
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I think TESU's Data Analytics program doesn't require writing at all - not even the capstone. But I could be wrong.
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(01-28-2019, 03:06 PM)dfrecore Wrote: I think TESU's Data Analytics program doesn't require writing at all - not even the capstone.  But I could be wrong.

If tuition is $668 per credit hour, then I don't think my employer will cover much. Also, the program is not eligible for financial aid.
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Life Dev Psych 62, Fund Coun 68, Intro Comp 469, Intro Astr 56, Env & Hum 70, HTYH 456, MIS 451, Prin Sup 453, HRM 62, Bus Eth 458
ALEKS
Int Alg, Coll Alg
TEEX
4 credits
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Fed Inc Tax, Sci of Nutr, Micro, Strat Man, Med Term, Pub Relations
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#6
(01-28-2019, 12:50 PM)sanantone Wrote: Cybersecurity would be most interesting to me, but I don't know if they'll accept my BSBA in CIS with a couple of cybersecurity courses as meeting the admissions requirements. 

Only one way to find out. Also, they just revamped the MSCSIA program.
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(01-29-2019, 09:41 AM)quigongene Wrote:
(01-28-2019, 12:50 PM)sanantone Wrote: Cybersecurity would be most interesting to me, but I don't know if they'll accept my BSBA in CIS with a couple of cybersecurity courses as meeting the admissions requirements. 

Only one way to find out.  Also, they just revamped the MSCSIA program.

I applied, but I won't enroll until September or October. If I don't qualify, I'll just switch my program to data analytics.
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DSST
Life Dev Psych 62, Fund Coun 68, Intro Comp 469, Intro Astr 56, Env & Hum 70, HTYH 456, MIS 451, Prin Sup 453, HRM 62, Bus Eth 458
ALEKS
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TEEX
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Fed Inc Tax, Sci of Nutr, Micro, Strat Man, Med Term, Pub Relations
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(01-28-2019, 02:05 PM)eriehiker Wrote: You are so right on the papers.  I just finished my tenth competency and the papers have been ten to twenty pages each.  Haha!

Wow. I guess I wouldn't have completed half the degree in a term.

(01-28-2019, 02:07 PM)sanantone Wrote: If it had been my first graduate degree, I probably would have pushed through it. But, my first master's and PhD required a lot of writing. I just can't do any more research papers.

Hm, I'm worried about getting sick of papers soon. Or during a doctoral program Sad

I might have to do what you are and choose low-writing programs.

Congrats on getting most of the science degree done! You're doing 30 credits in 3 terms?
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(01-29-2019, 09:09 AM)sanantone Wrote:
(01-28-2019, 03:06 PM)dfrecore Wrote: I think TESU's Data Analytics program doesn't require writing at all - not even the capstone.  But I could be wrong.

If tuition is $668 per credit hour, then I don't think my employer will cover much. Also, the program is not eligible for financial aid.

If you do it through Statistics.com, it would average out to less, but the schedule isn't very flexible, and it still may not be covered by your employer.

https://www.statistics.com/tesu#program
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(01-29-2019, 11:16 AM)Ideas Wrote:
(01-28-2019, 02:05 PM)eriehiker Wrote: You are so right on the papers.  I just finished my tenth competency and the papers have been ten to twenty pages each.  Haha!

Wow. I guess I wouldn't have completed half the degree in a term.

(01-28-2019, 02:07 PM)sanantone Wrote: If it had been my first graduate degree, I probably would have pushed through it. But, my first master's and PhD required a lot of writing. I just can't do any more research papers.

Hm, I'm worried about getting sick of papers soon. Or during a doctoral program Sad

I might have to do what you are and choose low-writing programs.

Congrats on getting most of the science degree done! You're doing 30 credits in 3 terms?

I'm doing 37 credits in three semesters. It's not bad. 


(01-29-2019, 01:06 PM)davewill Wrote:
(01-29-2019, 09:09 AM)sanantone Wrote:
(01-28-2019, 03:06 PM)dfrecore Wrote: I think TESU's Data Analytics program doesn't require writing at all - not even the capstone.  But I could be wrong.

If tuition is $668 per credit hour, then I don't think my employer will cover much. Also, the program is not eligible for financial aid.

If you do it through Statistics.com, it would average out to less, but the schedule isn't very flexible, and it still may not be covered by your employer.

https://www.statistics.com/tesu#program

The entire program uses Statistics.com. If you pay tuition to Statistics.com, then it's not a TESU course, and you're limited to 12 transfer credits. If you pay tuition to TESU, then it's considered a TESU course even though the platform and curriculum comes from Statistics.com. So, you can save by taking the max of 12 credits through the whole Statistics.com/ACE pathway, but it won't be as cheap as WGU.

I just don't know how much my employer will cover because they don't have a stated cap. They approve continuing education on a case-by-case basis.
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AAS, AS, BA, and BS
CLEP
Intro Psych 70, US His I 64, Intro Soc 63, Intro Edu Psych 70, A&I Lit 64, Bio 68, Prin Man 69, Prin Mar 68
DSST
Life Dev Psych 62, Fund Coun 68, Intro Comp 469, Intro Astr 56, Env & Hum 70, HTYH 456, MIS 451, Prin Sup 453, HRM 62, Bus Eth 458
ALEKS
Int Alg, Coll Alg
TEEX
4 credits
TECEP
Fed Inc Tax, Sci of Nutr, Micro, Strat Man, Med Term, Pub Relations
CSU
Sys Analysis & Design, Programming, Cyber
SL
Intro to Comm, Microbio, Acc I
Uexcel
A&P
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