Advice for (old) BS degree completion

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by msv615, Nov 2, 2014.

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  1. msv615

    msv615 New Member

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    I nearly completed a Computer Science degree back in 1996, but had to leave the state and I was 1 class short of being able to take classes at another university and transferring it back in (I tried, Dean would not approve).

    In any case, I'm pretty far along my career at this point, and don't strictly need the degree, but I would like to finish it if possible (and reasonable). I may want to get an MBA or something later.

    I won't be able to move back to where the original university is, so I am looking at distance learning options. They don't offer one, either, at least not for CS.

    What are good options that would require the least number of classes? I literally have 4 classes left, but I don't expect it to be that easy obviously. I saw the UoPeople degree, but they don't accept any transfer credits at all. I also saw Pace, but their degree program isn't really CS so not much transfer overlap.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    msv615 New Member

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    Lots of views, no replies. I'll continue the conversation with myself in case anything I find elicits a response. :) Worst case scenario, I've documented my thought process for someone else in the future trying to accomplish a similar goal.

    So, one option I am looking into is a competency-based approach. My jobs over the past 20 years have almost all required me to keep up with general trends and technology (as I suspect most everyone else reading this forum with experience in IT also has encountered). I have been able to keep relevant competencies and I think that with some refreshers, I could show competency in many of the classes required. One school that does this is Western Governors University. My degree-focused credits would not transfer as they are too old, but I feel that I could test out of a good portion and it would be self-paced so I could work as fast or slow as I needed to. WGU is RA with NWCCU.

    Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on WGU or NWCCU accreditation?
     
  3. Lerner

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    We just 4 months ego hired an Engineer who has a lot of experience in the area that we needed, he is doing excellent job. His degree is in music.
    You may want to explore a completion of degree in big three, they at time do exception to the rule.
    Did you check with Excelsior College or Tomas Edison State college or Charter Oak.

    Also some universities may accept your credit towards Masters degree, you may have to take one extra class.
     
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    Most schools required 30 minimum credit hours. Look into the big 3 schools, they are generous in accepting transfer courses.
     
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    TESC will accept 100% of your credit from a regionally accredited college. It, of course, has to fit into the degree plan you pick. Take a look over there and see if what you've done is close to something they offer. They also accept certs if you have them, and exams instead of classes (saving time and $) for a number of courses. College Degrees for Adults at Thomas Edison State College
     
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    Ditto - look at Excelsior College, Charter Oak, or Thomas Edison State College. Excelsior's Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies is VERY flexible.

    Good luck!

    Shawn
     

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