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Excelsior College Partners with the National Cryptologic School (NCS)



The National Cryptologic School (NCS), a school within the National Security Agency (NSA) that provides training to NSA employees, announced a partnership with Excelsior College as part of the NCS’s Accelerated Degree Program. The partnership allows the NSA workforce to transfer eligible NCS course credit from military and other industry certifications to Excelsior to advance quicker toward completing an undergraduate degree.

Opened in 1965, the NCS develops and delivers curriculum in cryptology, cybersecurity, language, and leadership for agency employees, as well as curriculum for the Central Security Service, the U.S. intelligence community, and armed services.

David Schejbal, PhD, president of Excelsior College, stated, “This partnership will allow employees to benefit from our College’s transfer credit policy and partnership savings. In addition, employees can take advantage of UExcel exams to earn credit through independent study for credit by exam to expedite degree completion.” A hallmark of this partnership is “leave no credit behind.” By combining NCS training, military experience, and previously earned college credits, NSA employees have the ability to save time and money on degree attainment. Excelsior College is also a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

“Our newest partner, Excelsior College, offers expanded college credit options that will enable our military and civilian professionals to accelerate their degree,” stated Diane M. Janosek, commandant, National Cryptologic School.

NCS’s agreement with Excelsior College supports NSA’s Accelerated Degree Program, which enables military and civilian agency personnel to earn college credit at a reduced cost. Excelsior established a reduced tuition rate for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses or partners of $250 per credit for undergraduate tuition plus applicable fees, and $295 per credit for master’s degree program tuition plus applicable fees for 2020–2021. Civilians and their spouses or partners can receive up to 20 percent off undergraduate tuition and 15 percent off graduate tuition, in addition to a reduction in applicable fees.

The educational partnership currently focuses on the Bachelor of Science in National Security, Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology programs. For more information on this partnership, visit https://www.excelsior.edu/partner/national-security-agency/

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