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Texas University Designs Online Cyber Security Master's Program

Our Lady of the Lake University has launched a new 30-credit hour program that allows students to earn an online master's degree in computer information systems and security that has been certified by the National Security Agency. The program can be completed in a year by technology professionals and covers subjects encompassing database management, systems analysis, computer network security, information assurance, and certification and accreditation.

For students whose undergraduate degree isn't in a technical area, the San Antonio, TX-based institution also offers a one-semester online cyber security "boot camp." This program, the university said, qualifies the student to pursue the master's degree. Topics in the compressed program include programming, computer security, systems analysis and design, database analysis and design, and networking technology.

"We have designed the degree so that interested professionals from anywhere in the world with computer access can further their career," said Ted Ahlberg, assistant professor. "The degree has all the elements needed for the professional to prepare to protect organizational information from theft, corruption, and natural disaster."

Total school enrollment for fall 2009 was 2,660. Along with its distance classes, the university has three physical campuses.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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