Booz Allen Hamilton Infosec Partnership
JMU and Booz Allen Hamilton Sign Agreement to Deliver Infosec MBA to Employees
Booz Allen Hamilton and James Madison University recently signed a partnership agreement that allows employees of Booz Allen Hamilton to apply for and receive special tuition rates for either JMU’s Information Security MBA Program (Infosec MBA) or the Master of Science in Computer Science Program (Infosec MS). According to MBA Program Director Dr. Michael Busing, the Special Arrangement Contract spans a two-year period and will admit approximately 10 additional students annually into both of the two programs. As part of the contract, employees of Booz Allen Hamilton receive a 15 percent discount on tuition.
The Infosec MBA program began in August 2000 with its first cohort group. The 13th cohort will start in August 2012. One course is taken at a time and each course lasts eight weeks. The entire program lasts 27 months, including holiday breaks.
The program includes 10 core MBA courses, covering basic business topics such as accounting, finance, marketing, management and strategy. Each of these core courses addresses issues of information security as it relates to the specific discipline. Additionally, four courses focus on information security topics that managers in today's business environment need to know.
The Infosec MBA program effectively utilizes a 'blended' format. Each course includes four-hour face-to-face Saturday meetings in Reston, Va., at the beginning and end of every course. The rest of the course is completely web-delivered, utilizing leading-edge synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods. This type of program maximizes teaching efficiency and effectiveness, while maintaining student flexibility.
The program is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In addition to the MBA degree, all graduates receive the NSA-approved certificate: Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals (NSTISSI No. 4011). JMU is one of the original seven Centers of Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
The Infosec MS computer science program began in January 1997. The program is part of the Computer Science Department’s distance learning initiative and was one of the first such programs in the nation. One of the highest quality, most comprehensive and highly technical Information Security programs in the nation, it is designed to provide a premier information security education that equips graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, implement and maintain secure modern information infrastructures and systems. This graduate program is attuned to a rapidly changing technological and information oriented society and offers a 100 percent Internet-based interactive InfoSec education. Students work on individual and team projects, participate in the weekly web-based classroom discussions and log into our remotely accessible InfoSec labs to work on projects, including cyber defense exercises and computer forensics analysis.
Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology consulting for 95 years. Providing a broad range of services in strategy, operations, organization and change, information technology, systems engineering and program management, Booz Allen is committed to delivering results that endure.
For more information about JMU’s MBA Programs, visit http://www.jmu.edu/mba
For more information about JMU’s Infosec Master’s Program, visit http://www.InfoSec.jmu.edu
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