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ASU Signs Transfer Agreement with NSA National Cryptologic School

August 16, 2018

Angelo State University has teamed up with the National Security Agency (NSA) to provide new educational opportunities for NSA employees who have completed courses at the agency’s National Cryptologic School (NCS).

ASU President Brian May (left) and NCS Commandant Leonard Reinsfelder signed the articulation agreement in ASU's Houston Harte University Center.ASU President Brian May (left) and NCS Commandant Leonard Reinsfelder signed the articulation agreement in ASU's Houston Harte University Center.ASU and NCS administrators signed an articulation agreement today (Aug. 16) that will allow NSA employees to transfer their NCS credits into seven different undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offered through ASU’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies (CSS).

“NSA has qualified people who don’t have the associated degrees to advance at the agency,” said Dr. Tony R. “Randy” Mullis, CSS director. “This agreement is a means to a larger end – to help provide the education that will ensure those employees can get the credentials needed to remain at NSA and keep serving and protecting our nation.”

NCS students who complete the CYBR 3422 cybersecurity course can transfer 12 credit hours into one of these ASU graduate degree programs:

  • Master of Science in homeland security
  • Master of Security Studies in intelligence, security studies and analysis

NCS students who complete the CYBR 3410 cybersecurity course can transfer nine credit hours toward ASU’s undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificate program.

(L to R) Col. Brian Mills, Goodfellow AFB; Col. Thomas Coakley, GAFB; Dr. Leonard Reinsfelder, NCS; Dr. Brian May, ASU; Dr. Jeff Dailey, ASU; and Dr. Sharon Fratta-Hill, NCS(L to R) Col. Brian Mills, Goodfellow AFB; Col. Thomas Coakley, GAFB; Dr. Leonard Reinsfelder, NCS; Dr. Brian May, ASU; Dr. Jeff Dailey, ASU; and Dr. Sharon Fratta-Hill, NCSNCS students who complete a 13-course track in counter-terrorism can transfer up to 42 credit hours into one of these ASU undergraduate degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
  • Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

NCS students who complete a prescribed homeland security course track can transfer up to 66 credit hours into one of these ASU undergraduate degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Security Studies in border and homeland security
  • Bachelor of Security Studies in intelligence, security studies and analysis

Dr. Jeff Dailey, associate professor of border security studies and intelligence, spearheaded the articulation agreement efforts for ASU.

“NSA is the largest and most effective intelligence agency in the world, with over 50,000 employees worldwide,” Dailey said. “Having this type of agreement between NSA and Angelo State can be a huge benefit to both institutions. ASU gains highly-qualified students, and the NSA employees have access to the education they need to advance their careers.”

ASU is just the seventh school in the U.S. to sign this type of accelerated degree agreement with the National Security Agency, joining Augusta University, Capitol Technology University, Dakota State University, Drexel University, the University of Maryland-University College, and the University of West Florida.