OLLU establishes online cyber security graduate program
Computer Information Systems and Security program certified by NSA
Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) provides a convenient way for students to pursue their master’s degree in Computer Information Systems and Security (CISS). The program, which is now offered online, can be completed in one year and it allows information technology professionals the flexibility to continue working while earning an advanced degree.
For students whose undergraduate degree is not in a technical area, OLLU offers the Cyber Security Boot Camp. Through the camp, the student has the opportunity to move into the master’s program within one semester by covering five areas: programming, computer security, systems analysis and design, database analysis and design and networking technology. Upon completion, the student will have met all the prerequisites to begin the master’s program in information systems and security.
"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 of Computer Information Systems and Security. “The degree has all the elements needed for the professional to prepare to protect organizational information from theft, corruption and natural disaster.”
Certified by the National Security Agency (NSA), the program emphasizes innovative programming and technology mastery and takes a practical, hands-on approach to the subject. Course subjects include database management, systems analysis, computer network security, information assurance and certification and accreditation.
Scholarships available for graduate and undergraduate students majoring in CISS
Graduate and undergraduate students majoring in CISS related discipline have the
opportunity to receive the Information Assurance Scholarship from the Department of Defense
. This year, junior Edward Freitas (pictured at left with Professor Ahlberg) received the scholarship – the third OLLU student to do so. His award will cover the cost of full tuition, fees and books for the upcoming school year and a stipend to cover living expenses. Freitas will be required to complete an internship with the Air Force Operations Center next summer, and he will receive top consideration for another scholarship to cover his senior year. Upon graduation, Freitas will begin employment with the Air Force Operations Center.
OLLU students are eligible for this scholarship because of the University's designation by the National Security Agency as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.