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Get a Head Start at WGU with the US Naval Community College Earning an Associate of Science Degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

The US Naval Community College (USNCC) has selected WGU to provide an Associate degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance.  A Professional Certificate in “Network and Cyber Defense Foundations” is an embedded part of the degree program which also includes six CompTIA certificates (A+, Network+, Security+, CYSA+, Secure Infrastructure Specialist, and Security Analytics Professional).

WGU accepts the required USNCC courses (15 CU) as part of the 61 CU required to earn the Associate of Science degree.  For more information on this program and to see the course descriptions and sequence, click here.

WGU is honored to support our active-duty enlisted Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Coast Guard Reservists. We have been designated as the top online school among “Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities.”

If you have been selected to participate in the US Naval Community College program, enrollment at WGU is automatic.  We are humbled to serve YOU in a rewarding program that serves our nation’s needs. This program is free to USNCC students as the $250 per competency unit is paid by the government. There are no additional resource fees for USNCC students.

Our competency-based online degree program allows you to earn your degree on your schedule. You can still meet all of your responsibilities while furthering your education.  WGU is recognized nationwide, so no matter how many times you deploy or move, you don’t have to worry about stopping and starting, transferring, or being interrupted.  We go wherever you go.

About WGU

WGU’s program is competency-based, which means it measures skills and learning rather than time spent in a classroom. With WGU, you move through the courses as quickly as you can master the material. As soon as you prove competence by passing an assessment, you can move forward, rather than advancing only when the semester or term ends. This allows you to accelerate your coursework by using your knowledge and experience to your advantage. In general, active-duty students complete one course every 37 days. WGU pioneered the Competency Based Education model and has the most experience in delivering this model of all academic institutions today.

You set a schedule that works for you with no set due dates for assignments or assessments.

WGU’s program includes six CompTIA certificates(A+, Network+, Security+, CYSA+, Secure Infrastructure Specialist, and Security Analytics Professional) and a Professional Certificate in “Network and Cyber Defense Foundations”.

Each student is assigned an enrollment advisor, and the student experience is enhanced with three types of faculty at WGU: Program Mentors, Instructors, and Evaluators. Mentors and instructors interface with students by phone or by web to provide tailored instruction and support in their areas of experience, while evaluators provide feedback and perspective on student assessments. This "division of labor" enables each type of faculty member to deliver top-notch, student-focused support. In addition to one-on-one guidance, WGU also offers a variety of resources to enhance academic support such as the Writing Center, Learning Communities, Center for Student Success, and WellConnect. To learn more about these programs, click here.

Progress through a degree program is governed by students’ ability to demonstrate mastery of competencies as they complete required courses, rather than by the amount of time they spend in class.

The focus of WGU’s programs is a student’s personalized Degree Plan. The Degree Plan is a detailed blueprint of the courses needed to complete the degree. The Degree Plan also lays out the accompanying learning resources and assessments that compose the program. The list of courses in the Degree Plan is often referred to as the “standard path”.  The program mentor and course instructors will help assess strengths and development needs to establish a study plan. Students vary widely in the specific skills and information they need to learn. Some individuals may be able to devote as little as 15–20 hours per week to the program, while others may need to devote more time. For this reason, pre-assessments help program mentors form a profile of students’ prior knowledge to create a personalized Degree Plan.

As students proceed through their Degree Plan, they have direct contact with multiple faculty members. These communications can take a variety of forms, including participation in one-on- one discussions, chats in the learning communities, and live cohort and webinar opportunities. Students have access to a personal MyWGU Student Portal, which provides a gateway to courses of study, learning resources, and learning communities where they can interact with faculty and other students. The learning resources in each course are specifically designed to support students as they develop competencies in preparation for assessments. These learning resources may include reading materials, videos, tutorials, cohort opportunities, community discussions, and live discussions that are guided by course instructors who are experts in their field. Students access their program community during orientation to network with peers who are enrolled in your program and to receive continued support through professional enrichment and program- specific chats, blogs, and discussions. WGU also provides Student Services associates to help students and their program mentors solve any special problems that may arise.

Because WGU is competency based, courses do not have syllabi. Rather, WGU programs have a set standard path through which students progress. The standard path is a detailed blueprint for a program that outlines degree requirements (the courses of study and assessments), the order in which requirements should be completed and the associated competency units by term. Courses at WGU contain a set of clearly defined competencies (course-level outcomes) of which each student must demonstrate their mastery through objective tests, papers, projects, and a capstone.

All courses at WGU start on a monthly basis on the first of the month.

Students are enrolled in six-month terms. 

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