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NOVA-Woodbridge partners with GW to offer degree completion programs in IT and Cybersecurity, beginning Fall 2016

Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus has partnered with The George Washington University (GW) to offer two bachelor’s degree completion programs on NOVA’s Woodbridge campus. The two programs to be offered at the Woodbridge location will be: Cybersecurity and Integrated Information, Science and Technology (IIST); with an anticipated launch of the Cybersecurity program in Fall 2016 and the IIST program in Spring 2017. This collaborative effort will provide a direct pathway for NOVA transfer students with an associate degree into these bachelor’s degree programs at GW. 

The IIST and Cybersecurity programs (offered by the College of Professional Studies at GW) are designed to meet the needs of community college graduates, non-traditional students and working professionals and each can be completed in as little as two years. The IIST program prepares students for careers in information technology, consulting and technology management, while the Cybersecurity program prepares students for careers protecting digital environments and assets from internal and external threats. The programs are designed to prepare students for the latest advancements in these fields and provide them with hands-on experience and technical skills that will make them competitive in the job market.

Classes will be offered as an evening and Saturday cohort program and taught by GW instructors at the NOVA-Woodbridge campus. Tuition assistance is available for active duty service members and veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program and for Virginia residents transferring from a two-year institution through the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) grants.

“Through this partnership, we are trying to create a pathway for NOVA students to transition to GW,” said NOVA-Woodbridge Assistant Dean of Information Technology Paula Ford. “The IIST and Cybersecurity bachelor’s degree programs offer several advantages for adult learners through evening courses and it is also military friendly. NOVA alumni now have the option to finish their degree in a familiar environment, without having to travel to GW’s Northern Virginia campus locations in Arlington and Ashburn.”

A 2-plus-2 transfer agreement between NOVA and GW has been established to detail the required set of courses to be completed at NOVA in order to transfer to GW.  Students who successfully complete an associate degree in IT or Cybersecurity or 60 credit hours of suitable coursework, can transfer to GW with a junior standing.

According to the Dean of the College of Professional Studies at GW, Dr. Ali Eskandarian, this extension of the existing collaboration between NOVA and GW creates a sustainable degree-completion pathway for qualified NOVA graduates, allowing them to continue their education at GW and to receive a bachelor’s degree from a world-class university.

“Students will be able to use their community college education as a pathway to GW,” Eskandarian said. “Both IIST and Cyber curricula offer learning strategies and hands-on practices that will equip the students with a set of technical, as well as soft, skills to be successful in their future professional and academic endeavors.”

Applicants are required to have an associate degree, with at least a 2.70 GPA or have earned at least 60 credit hours of suitable coursework. Official or certified copies of academic records from all colleges and universities attended, results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a 250-500 word statement of purpose and two professional or academic letters of recommendation are also required for consideration. For additional information on George Washington University’s tuition assistance for military veterans – Yellow Ribbon Program, visit their website.

Students interested in applying for either of these programs should contact Paula Ford, NOVA-Woodbridge Assistant Dean of IT at paula.ford@nvcc.edu.


Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu



Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.