I'm a new member of this forum, but I have been reading it for a few months now. I have already carefully examined about 50 graduate programs, using this site and others as a guide, before deciding which schools to apply to. I have been accepted to some, and others I have yet to hear back from. I have been accepted to Tartleton State University for their MSIS program, Davenport University* for their MSIA program, University of Dallas for their MS Cybersecurity program, and Colorado State University for their CIS MS program. I have a very high gpa and pretty high GRE scores. My first choice is DSU's MS program in IA because of the cost, and my searches on this forum have indicated that their doctoral program in CIS is very rigorous as far as admissions, given that they seemingly rejected some highly qualified candidates. I have not heard back from them yet. If I were to do the IA MS at DSU, I would probably try for an MS in CIS from there or somewhere else later on. My background is an AAAS in Networking and an unrelated BA from a state university with a minor in MIS. I have little IT work experience and am employed in an unrelated, non-professional field. My long term goal would be to do some kind of IT, be a network administrator, or perhaps get into security/IA (although I understand it is very competitive and I would probably need more real work experience first). I'm in my late 20's. One thing I want to have is a degree - above the AA level - that is in some IT field - whether CIS or Information Assurance. I really am just looking for an entry level IT job that can grow into something and lead to other progressively better paying IT opportunities. I am not interested in studying CS. I don't have a background in physics or advanced mathematics. I also want to note that Davenport University has made me extremely suspicious that they could perhaps have less than rigorous standards for admissions. I received emails and phone calls almost immediately after applying, telling me things along the lines of the school being "awesome." It did not appear very professional or academic. This was before they received my GRE results, any of my letters of recommendation, or even my transcripts. I also received a letter offering me financial aid before they received any of the above mentioned items. Finally, I also received an unsolicited email telling me that if I wanted to get started on their summer program, I would need to get in touch with them by May 14th. (I have no desire to attend during the summer, and I believe I indicated this.) When I picked out places to apply to, I was only interested in reputable, brick and mortar institutions that have at least someone rigorous admission standards. I am disappointed I had to waste my time and energy applying to them when they apparently have such loose admission standards. I should also note that although I had been offered financial aid and asked to enroll for a summer program, I have never received any message that indicated I was accepted into the program. Perhaps everyone who applies is accepted, and so indicating such is an unnecessary formality? I also applied to the University of Memphis for their MS in Applied Computer Science. I received an email indicated they did not receive my transcripts from my previous three undergraduate schools, and I wrote them back indicating how I found it rather odd that every other school I applied to received my transcripts weeks ago, yet they somehow did not receive my transcripts from not one, but three separate institutions. I asked them to clarify their mailing address, and I provided the address that I had them sent to (which was identical to the one on their web site). Although this was more than a week ago, I have yet to hear back. I am not too concerned though. I certainly will not pay to have my transcripts resent from three different undergrad colleges. I was somewhat excited about CSU when I applied, but now I have learned that it is a "global" campus that is exclusively online. I don't really want that label as I understand not every employer is as accepting of online studies. My second choice probably would be Tarleton State University if I can't get into DSU. Tarleton is part of the Texas A & M system. My question for the esteemed members of this board is whether or not they agree with my decision? University of Dallas also seems nice, but I am not sure the extra cost would be justified. I have avoided applying to very expensive schools, some of which may have higher reputations than the places I applied to, because I likely will pursue additional studies later on, and I cannot justify the cost.