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    Pirates is offline Registered User
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    Trying to decide between 4 online Master's Programs (BU/VT/USF/NE Uni).

    I am an IT PM without a technical background. I am interested in working in cyber security / information assurance in either a strategy/management capacity or in a policy/planning role. I am really interested in business continuity , security planning, and cyber security impact from either a business, governance, or society impact.

    So far I have found 4 schools that meet my demands (cyber security/IA option, CAE Certified, technical undergrad not required, GRE waiverable)., but trying to choose which 1 or 2 to apply to.

    4 Schools I am Considering
    1. Virginia Tech: MS Information Technology, Security concentration
    2. Boston University: MS Computer Information Systems, Security concentration
    3. University of South Florida: MS Cybersecurity, Information Assurance concentration
    4. Northeastern University – Align Program: MS Information Assurance & Cyber Security

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    . . . and what do you see as being the pros and cons of each program?
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    Sorry, I appear to have left off part of my original post, but I am curious if anyone has attended any of these programs and could elaborate on them or tell me about their experiences.

    As far as Pros & Cons: From an outsider perspective, they all appear relatively similar in terms of length and cost (2-2.5 years and 28-32k). The biggest difference and perhaps a pro/con I can see is VT/BU are more broadly focused on IT and appear to be more technical, whereas SFU and Northeastern are specific to the field of Cyber Security and IA, and could potentially be less technical. However, I really would like to get an insider's view, instead of just what I've learned from marketing material.

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    I have not taken any of these.

    But if I may, I would make very certain that any degree labeled "cyber-security" is not technical for your perspective & needs. There are plenty of managers, but few technologists. Schools try to fill voids.

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