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  • ilikebikeilikebike Posts: 9Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    It will depend on the college you'll be doing your Masters at. Since WGU is a pass/fail, your GPA at graduation will be a flat 3.0.

    WGU does keep a list of places their alumni have transferred to for Masters programs.
    https://alumni.wgu.edu/s/1110/16/site/wide.aspx?sid=1110&gid=1&pgid=1246
  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,337Admin Admin
    What online tools, libraries, and services are made available to WGU students and alumni? Is access to commercial services, such as Pluralsight, Grammarly, and Office 365, licensed to WGU students?
  • ilikebikeilikebike Posts: 9Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited January 14
    Just off the top of my head, some the resources you have access to:
    • Office 365 subscription
    • Pluralsight
    • Lynda.com
    • CBT Nuggets (some classes)
    • Boson labs and practice tests (some classes)
    • OnTheHub access to copies of Windows, VMWare, Norton, etc...
    Having a .edu email anywhere also gets you:
    • Jetbrains IDEs
    • Spotify Student
    • Amazon Prime student
    • Basically anything on /r/StudentResources
  • NEODREAMNEODREAM N+, S+, A+, PT+, ECIH, ECES, CCNA: R&S, SSCP, CISSP, ITIL: F, B.S. Cyber Security & Information Assu Posts: 124Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Looking at re-enrolling in April to begin my Masters in their Data Analytics program. Anyone have experience going through this degree and can shed some of the pros/cons?
    Goal: GCIH Feb. 2019 | GCFA Nov. 2019 | MSc Data Analytics, Fall 2020
  • PCTechLincPCTechLinc CISSP, CHFI, CEH, CCNA RS/Sec, MCSA Server 2008, Project+, Security+ce, Server+, Network+, A+ King City, CAPosts: 615Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    As an alumni, there are various resources available if you are no longer a student.  They are listed here:


    For IT training, I use Skillport and Pluralsight.  You also get Lynda, but I don't use that.

    Master of Business Administration in Information Technology Management - Western Governors University
    Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance - Western Governors University
    Bachelor of Science in Network Administration - Western Governors University
    Associate of Applied Science x4 - Heald College
  • NoctilumNoctilum Posts: 16Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Hi everyone, 

    I am looking to pursue Bachelor's in IT Management from WGU but not sure if this style of college is right for me.

    I work 40 hours, have a family (new born on the way too).  I know the whole premise is to cram as many classes in as you can during a term.  Is there a certain expectation the school wants for how many classes taken in a term? I am curious what the workload is like though and average length for a class.  Is it actually online classes with a lecture done by a teacher?  Are you just reading books and watching videos?  And then when you are comfortable with the content you try to test out of it?  




  • Basic85Basic85 Senior Member Posts: 179Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I would like to enroll in most likely cyber security and assurance bachelor program, however I'm not sure if employers pay for this?  Has anyone ever gotten your employer to pay for your WGU degree?  or is it all of your pocket/loans?  
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Posts: 6,776Mod Mod
    Well, that's totally dependent on your employer's policy. You need to check with your HR peeps. For most the requirement is a regionally accredited college. Others are old school and only accept B&M colleges. I personally 
  • LarryTRLarryTR Posts: 56Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited April 12
    Basic85 said:
    I would like to enroll in most likely cyber security and assurance bachelor program, however I'm not sure if employers pay for this?  Has anyone ever gotten your employer to pay for your WGU degree?  or is it all of your pocket/loans?  
    That would depend on each employer.  Whether or not I or others have had their tuition paid in whole or in part by an employer is irrelevant to whether or not you employer will pay a dime for your tuition. 
  • ilikebikeilikebike Posts: 9Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Noctilum said:
    Hi everyone, 

    I am looking to pursue Bachelor's in IT Management from WGU but not sure if this style of college is right for me.

    I work 40 hours, have a family (new born on the way too).  I know the whole premise is to cram as many classes in as you can during a term.  Is there a certain expectation the school wants for how many classes taken in a term? I am curious what the workload is like though and average length for a class.  Is it actually online classes with a lecture done by a teacher?  Are you just reading books and watching videos?  And then when you are comfortable with the content you try to test out of it?  

    The goal isn't to "cram classes", the goal is to go at your own pace. That depends on how much time you have available. For some people that feel comfortable accelerating, then you can finish very quickly. If you don't have the free time, then you can go at a slower pace. The mentors won't try and push you faster, they will schedule one or two classes for your 6 month term and as you approach en end of your classes if you feel comfortable enough you can have a discussion about adding more classes. The school requires 12 units to be considered to have on-time progress. Classes are anywhere from 3-6 units each, so for regular classes that's 4 classes in a 6 month term minimum where the harder classes will only be 2.

    The class structure is self-study. They will provide materials, often books and video series. Sometimes there are co-horts with the instructors where you can have discussions. Usually there is a pacing guide that helps you estimate how much time it should take to complete the class. I would usually take the study guide and halve the time, so if I needed to read chapters 1-4 in two weeks I would aim for one instead. At the end of the class there is usually a test or project or paper that is graded that evaluates your total knowledge learned in class. Testing out of that will pass the class.
  • ilikebikeilikebike Posts: 9Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    ilikebike said:
    It will depend on the college you'll be doing your Masters at. Since WGU is a pass/fail, your GPA at graduation will be a flat 3.0.

    WGU does keep a list of places their alumni have transferred to for Masters programs.
    https://alumni.wgu.edu/s/1110/16/site/wide.aspx?sid=1110&gid=1&pgid=1246
    As a follow up to this I was accepted into a Masters program at Georgia Tech with my WGU degree.
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