WGU IT Degree Earns Top 10 Ranking, 6/28/11

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News Brief - 6/28/11

Western Governors University’s Online Master’s in Information Technology Degree Earns Top 10 Ranking

Consumer group recognizes WGU’s Master’s Degree in Information Security & Assurance for its accreditation and affordability

SALT LAKE CITY — GetEducated.com, www.geteducated.com, a consumer guide to online colleges, has included Western Governors University’s M.S. in Information Security & Assurance in its list of top ten accredited and most affordable online computer science master’s degree programs. The program has been certified by the National Security Agency’s Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation Program, verifying that it meets the requirements established by the Committee on National Security Systems National Training Standards No. 4011 and 4012. In addition, tuition for the program is less than $11,750 for two years.

“Western Governors University, a private, nonprofit institution, offers online master’s degrees in the high-demand field of computer science that cost about one-half the national average. WGU is a pioneer in making high-quality education more accessible through the innovative use of distance learning technologies,” said Vicky Phillips, founder of GetEducated.com. “WGU is a national leader in the movement to harness online learning technology for greater public good.”

Get Educated, founded by distance learning experts, brings transparency to the process of selecting the best online degree programs by publishing unbiased data for consumers on online college affordability as well as reviews from real online students. Western Governors University has earned several Get Educated best online college rankings for affordability and credibility, including rankings for Best Online Masters in Nursing, Education, and Business Administration.

Designed to meet the needs of working adults, WGU’s College of Information Technology offers competency-based degree programs, including eight bachelor’s and two master’s degree programs. WGU allows students to earn a degree by demonstrating their competency and skills through a series of assessments, rather than attending traditional classes and earning credit hours. WGU’s Information Security & Assurance program is certified by the National Security Agency’s Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program, which verifies that WGU’s courseware meets the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards. Tuition is affordable at $2,890 per six-month term, with programs starting the first of every month. For more information, go to www.wgu.edu/IT or call 1.866.225.5948.