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Cybersecurity Defense FAQs

Online and Hybrid Master's Degree

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When and where do my classes meet?
  2. How large will my classes be?
  3. How long should it take me to complete my program?
  4. How long is each academic term?
  5. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?
  6. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
  7. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?
  8. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?
  9. Where will job opportunities exist?
  10. Do I need a cybersecurity, computer science or information technology degree to enter the program?
  11. Do I need a certain grade point average to enter the program?
  12. Are there any other special entrance requirements?
  13. Do I need to maintain a certain grade point average?
  14. What happens if I earn less than a C in a course?
  15. For whom is this program designed?
  16. Will all or some of my classes be online?
  17. What makes New England Tech’s MS Cybersecurity Defense program different from others?

1. When and where do my classes meet?

If you choose the on-campus course option, your course will meet in the evening, once a week from 6:30-10 p.m. Classes will usually take place at the main campus in East Greenwich, RI.

At the beginning of each quarter, you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The university requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT’s locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered. [return to top]

2. How large will my classes be?

The average size for a class is about 15 to 20 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time. [return to top]

3. How long should it take me to complete my program?

To complete your degree requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take the courses outlined in the prescribed curriculum. For a typical six-term curriculum, a student may complete the requirements in as little as 18 months. [return to top]

4. How long is each academic term?

Courses at New England Tech are 10 weeks long, with four terms (quarters) offered per year, starting in January, April, July, and October. [return to top]

5. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?

The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information. [return to top]

6. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?

Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at accredited institutions will be considered for courses in which the student has earned a "B" or above. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the quarter for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that quarter. Students may transfer no more than 12 credits (three courses). [return to top]

7. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?

Students entering the program will be eligible for various forms of financial aid, including loans if they take at least 4 credits per quarter. [return to top]

8. What kind of employment assistance does the university offer?

Our Career Services Office assists students and graduates in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads. A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and we do not guarantee to its graduates employment or a specific starting salary. [return to top]

9. Where will job opportunities exist?

Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the exciting aspects of NEIT’s programs is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities. Graduates will have the depth of confidence and the technical and managerial education to successfully lead in the IT industry, both now and well into the future. Successful graduates may be able to advance their careers by qualifying for positions such as Project Manager, Network Manager, Chief Information officer (CIO), Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Business Analyst or Systems integrator. [return to top]

10. Do I need cybersecurity, computer science, or information technology degrees to enter the program?

Yes. A B.S. degree in computer science, information technology or a related field from an accredited institution is required for before beginning this degree program. You may enroll in this program pending the completion of your current B.S. degree. Significant professional experience may be considered in lieu of an appropriate degree. A transcript and/or a resume should be supplied to satisfy either of these requirements. [return to top]

11. Do I need a certain grade point average to enter the program?

Yes, you will need a 2.5 undergraduate grade point average to enter the program. [return to top]

12. Are there any other special entrance requirements?

Yes. You will need to write a personal statement as part of your admission process that details your interest in the program and how it will enable you to accomplish your professional goals. [return to top]

13. Do I need to maintain a certain grade point average?

Yes. You are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 throughout the program. The minimum passing grade for a course in the MSCD program is a C (73%). [return to top]

14. What happens if I earn less than a C in a course?

Students who earn less than a C in any course will be required to re-take the course the next time it is offered. If the student does not earn a C or better in a course after the second attempt, he/she will be dismissed from the MSCD program. Students will only be allowed to re-take two courses. [return to top]

15. For whom is this program designed?

The New England Tech Master of Science in Cybersecurity Defense is designed to prepare IT professionals for advancement into management and senior management roles. The program builds essential knowledge of technical themes in enterprise IT, while also providing the core business administration, management, and leadership skills that IT managers need. [return to top]

16. Will all or some of my classes be online?

You will have the opportunity to choose courses that are online or on-campus. You can mix them up any way you like to create a schedule that works for you and fits into your personal and professional life. The entire program can be completed completely online, though on-campus options exist for most courses as well. [return to top]

17. What makes New England Tech’s MS Cybersecurity Defense program different from others?

  • The program has a carefully crafted blend of advanced technical education with leadership and management skills. The curriculum balances crucial enterprise cybersecurity knowledge with mastery of business and management skills preparing you to be a cybersecurity leader in your organization.

  • Courses are taught by professional practitioners and leaders in the field with advanced certifications (PMP, CISSP, etc.) who bring real-life examples into the classroom.

  • The program builds on technical knowledge students already possess so that graduates are comfortable in many of an organization’s technical leadership roles.Graduates are ready for roles as Project Manager, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technical Officer (CTO) or Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

  • Courses are focused on practical, real-world scenarios to convey the skills and concepts.

  • Our curriculum builds a long-term, adaptable base of leadership skills to fuel your career advancement.

  • A curriculum based on the CISSP certification (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)

  • Program moving towards NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Defense.

  • Ten-week long courses are easier to digest and enable you to finish your master's degree in as little as 18 months.

  • Ability to take the courses in the classroom or online (most cybersecurity programs are online only)

  • A rich virtual environment (SkyTap) for simulations and practical exercises.

  • Graduates are given the tools to make decisions that support the strategic goals of the organization.

  • 24x7 technical support by email, chat or phone helps you work on your schedule.

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