Completed MSISA at WGU

Mike-MikeMike-Mike Posts: 1,860Member
Well it has been awhile since I have been to TE, but I figured I needed to make my return. It is thanks to TE that I found WGU in the first place. I completed my Bachelors there in September of 2013, started my Masters in November of 2013.

And as of Friday the 24th, I'm officially done. I got an email today saying my degree has already been mailed.


Overall I highly recommend WGU. My Bachelors paid for itself in less than a month when I got a new job with a much higher salary. I love my current job, but I have updated my resume and sent it out to see if the Masters has the same impact.
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  • yellowpadyellowpad Posts: 192Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    This is the kind of inspiration I am looking for. Thank you!!!
    Mike-Mike wrote: »
    Well it has been awhile since I have been to TE, but I figured I needed to make my return. It is thanks to TE that I found WGU in the first place. I completed my Bachelors there in September of 2013, started my Masters in November of 2013.

    And as of Friday the 24th, I'm officially done. I got an email today saying my degree has already been mailed.


    Overall I highly recommend WGU. My Bachelors paid for itself in less than a month when I got a new job with a much higher salary. I love my current job, but I have updated my resume and sent it out to see if the Masters has the same impact.
    Completed MSCIA f/ WGU~ CISSP 5-days boot camp scheduled :)
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Posts: 6,805Mod Mod
    Congrats!
  • srabieesrabiee Posts: 1,231Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    Congrats! Hope to finish my MSITM at WGU soon.
    WGU Progress: Master of Science - Information Technology Management (Start Date: February 1, 2015)
    Completed: LYT2, TFT2, JIT2, MCT2, LZT2, SJT2 (17 CU's)
    Required: FXT2, MAT2, MBT2, C391, C392 (13 CU's)

    Bachelor of Science - Information Technology Network Design & Management (WGU - Completed August 2014)
  • Mike-MikeMike-Mike Posts: 1,860Member
    The MS went by way faster than the BS. Obviously it is a shorter program, and the CCENT knocked out one of the classes already. So that helps power through it. However I really hit a wall when there was about 3 courses left. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I was so tired of working on school, I just wanted to quit.

    Glad I didn't, even if i don't change jobs based on this, I'm glad to be able to check that box now.
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  • techfiendtechfiend Posts: 1,481Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Was there a lot of writing in wgu's msisa?
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  • GreaterNinjaGreaterNinja Posts: 271Member
    Congratulations!
  • Mike-MikeMike-Mike Posts: 1,860Member
    techfiend wrote: »
    Was there a lot of writing in wgu's msisa?


    Yes, well sort of.. it has 2 certs in it, so it probably has less writing than the other Master programs at WGU, but the capstone is definitely a large paper
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  • da_vatoda_vato Posts: 445Member
    Congrats, do you have that weird feeling of, I have a lot of time on my hands now.... what am I supposed to do?
  • Danielm7Danielm7 Posts: 2,255Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats! I'll be looking into this within the next year when my work reimbursement kicks in.
  • nelson8403nelson8403 Posts: 220Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats! I finished mine up last month, I enjoyed the program, will look good on your resume and using that for further job advancement!
    Bachelor of Science, IT Security
    Master of Science, Information Security and Assurance

    CCIE Security Progress: Written Pass (06/2016), 1st Lab Attempt (11/2016)
  • nsternster Posts: 231Member
    Mike-Mike wrote: »
    The MS went by way faster than the BS. Obviously it is a shorter program, and the CCENT knocked out one of the classes already.

    Is there a transfer guideline to refer to? How did you find out your CCENT could knock out a course?

    Congrats, 6 months for a Masters is pretty great :)
  • NotHackingYouNotHackingYou Posts: 1,460Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Thanks for sharing your experience!
    When you go the extra mile, there's no traffic.
  • da_vatoda_vato Posts: 445Member
    @nster: The course has since been updated. The CCENT course was replaced by "emerging technologies" which you cannot use the CCENT/CCNA as transfer credit.
  • nsternster Posts: 231Member
    da_vato wrote: »
    @nster: The course has since been updated. The CCENT course was replaced by "emerging technologies" which you cannot use the CCENT/CCNA as transfer credit.

    Thanks for the info! Below is the only Transfer Guideline I could find for anyone curious like I am

    https://share.wgu.edu/sites/academic/shb/transferguidelines/Documents/IT/Transfer%20Guidelines%20-%20Master%20of%20Science%20in%20Information%20Technology%20(Effective%20Feb%201%202014)%20-%20Rev%201-30-2014.pdf?web=1
  • aspiringsoulaspiringsoul Posts: 314Member
    Congrats Mike!

    I should graduate next year. I'm also planning on sitting for the CISSP next year as well.
    Education: MS-Information Security and Assurance from Western Governors University, BS-Business Information Systems from Indiana Wesleyan University, AAS-Computer Network Systems - ITT Tech,
  • cs8400cs8400 Posts: 90Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats!
  • colemiccolemic Posts: 1,568Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    Congrats on completing your degree!
    Working on: CCSP, definitely, maybe. On the twitters: @mcole1008
  • N2ITN2IT Posts: 7,483Inactive Imported Users
    Good to see you on Mike. Glad things are working out and congrats on the degree!
  • novovictusnovovictus Posts: 192Member
    Awesome job dude! I completed a BS IT Sec there in 2012, and am just now signing up for the MSISA. Any Helpful hints or thoughts for a returning alumni?
    Working on: Doctor of Information Technology Information Assurance and Security @ Capella
  • nelson8403nelson8403 Posts: 220Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I completed the MSISA program in 7 weeks, I'd say just keep pushing, make sure to try to complete a task or at least a portion of it every day. There are not any completely overwhelming classes if you can at least take an hour or two a day try to complete as much as you can. Submit everything into Taskstream and take what the graders say and adjust from there. The certifications are very similar, don't be nervous if you can pass the CEH you can pass the CHFI pretty easily as well.
    Bachelor of Science, IT Security
    Master of Science, Information Security and Assurance

    CCIE Security Progress: Written Pass (06/2016), 1st Lab Attempt (11/2016)
  • yellowpadyellowpad Posts: 192Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    WOW 7 weeks? I would love to know how you managed to accomplished that and follow your footstep? Would you share.....?
    nelson8403 wrote: »
    I completed the MSISA program in 7 weeks,
    Completed MSCIA f/ WGU~ CISSP 5-days boot camp scheduled :)
  • coffeeluvrcoffeeluvr Senior Member NCPosts: 734Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Congratulations!!
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  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAPosts: 4,008Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats Mike-Mike!! icon_cheers.gif
    *Associate's of Applied Sciences degree in Information Technology-Network Systems Administration
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  • nelson8403nelson8403 Posts: 220Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    yellowpad wrote: »
    WOW 7 weeks? I would love to know how you managed to accomplished that and follow your footstep? Would you share.....?

    Sure what would you like to know? I did have quite a bit of experience behind me but I was able to complete most classes within a week, only delay was with scheduling the exams but I was able to schedule one on a Tuesday and one on a Wednesday in the same week.
    Bachelor of Science, IT Security
    Master of Science, Information Security and Assurance

    CCIE Security Progress: Written Pass (06/2016), 1st Lab Attempt (11/2016)
  • H3||scr3amH3||scr3am Posts: 564Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congratulations on completing your MSISA!
  • TLeTourneauTLeTourneau Posts: 614Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congratulations!
    Thanks, Tom

    B.S: IT - Network Design & Management
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  • Mike-MikeMike-Mike Posts: 1,860Member
    da_vato wrote: »
    Congrats, do you have that weird feeling of, I have a lot of time on my hands now.... what am I supposed to do?


    I spent the last month or two really cracking down, so it did feel pretty odd. I was done on Friday, so on Saturday I just laid around and watched a bunch of movies. I planned on spending the whole day watching Netflix/Amazon.

    After the first movie I caught myself thinking, "ok, that was fun, but i need to get some work done"

    Then I went back to watching movies
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  • GreaterNinjaGreaterNinja Posts: 271Member
    Congratulations guys! It blows my mind how you guys move so fast.

    My first class I got a lot of assignments kicked back for revision.
    For a first time WGU student, this was extremely frustrating. I honestly said screw it for a month.
    2nd class went a lot better, only 2 revisions.


    Now I'm 6/30 CU or 20% done at 75% SAP, and trying to finish LOT2 before the term ends.

    I'm still facing some challenges with LOT2 Task 2 and task 3. Tips/Pointers would be appreciated.
  • novovictusnovovictus Posts: 192Member
    nelson8403 wrote: »
    I completed the MSISA program in 7 weeks

    I am curious how long your BS took you. When I started, my cisco cert was still valid plus I had a few others to transfer in. I completed the program in 4 terms with a few months left. I am trying to gauge if I could come remotely close to completing in 1 term as well.
    Working on: Doctor of Information Technology Information Assurance and Security @ Capella
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Posts: 2,795Mod Mod

    I'm still some facing some challenges with LOT2 Task 2 and task 3. Tips/Pointers would be appreciated.

    Best advice I can give you is to use the rubric as that is what they grade by. Make sure you go point by point and put what they are asking for in the work you do. Also someone else here recommended and I agree with, don't put too much time into one assignment being overly in-depth. Go through rubric, hit each point and add what they are asking for, and submit it. If it comes back, it will say exactly what they want. Then add that detail or information and resubmit.
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