Seasoned information security professionals now have another flexible option to complete a Masters of Science in Cybersecurity, with the Bellevue University accelerated cohort format. The new online degree program enables students to complete their degree in about 14 months, alongside other professionals in their field. The cohort group will take all of the required courses together and finish at the same time, sharing experiences and expertise along the way.

There are twelve classes taken two classes at a time, each lasting nine weeks following a set agenda.  All of the classes are held online, which enables flexibility with student schedules. When students complete the program, they will have attributes, knowledge, and skills needed by industry as a master information security professional.

The faster pace of these classes requires students to enter the program with a set of knowledge, skills and abilities in information security. Students accepted into the accelerated cohort format must be seasoned professionals with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, or Information Assurance/Cybersecurity, at least ten years of directly applicable information security experience, a major security certification (CISSP, CISA, CISM), and notable communications skills (published or spoken at conferences).  This allows a common frame of reference and skill level among all students.  In other words, students are learning with their peers and are able to share common problems and collaborate on solutions.

This program will be led by Ron Woerner, who has extensive academic and industry experience.  [See his bio here at http://academic2.bellevue.edu/rwoerner/.]  Ron is looking to work with students as professionals rather than the traditional teacher-student relationship.  Participants are encouraged to leverage their experiences and knowledge in completing the course work.  “I love joining people in their educational journey and learn alongside them.  I see my job as coaching them to that next level of their career rather than professing what I know down to them,” says Ron.

Students lacking the certifications and experience are encouraged to enter the traditional Masters of Cybersecurity program. This format allows students to take 1 or 2 classes per quarter term.  Twelve courses are required for graduation, however the traditional program allows students to pick their class schedule and concentration classes based on their preference.  This is more suited for people transitioning into the cybersecurity career field or looking for a more flexible program.

For more information on the Bellevue University Masters of Science in Cybersecurity programs, go to http://www.bellevue.edu/degrees/master/cybersecurity-ms/.

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