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By WillH2 ·
I am here to seek the advice of anyone who works in the upper management side of Information Technology. I am 23 years old. I received my technical training through the Army (A , Networking, CCNA, Sec , etc.) However, none of these were the actual certifications that are recognized in the civilian world. I have currently been working as a PC support Technician at a community college for the last year while finishing my bachelor's degree in Management. As far as military experience goes, I was full time military for two years and now a part time IT specialist in the Army National Guard for the past two years. Now that I am finishing my bachelors and have nothing but Army training and experience, I am planning to get my core certs (A , Net , Sec ) and pursue a masters degree.. I would like to end up in the IT director / Chief Information Security Officer level of positions later in my career.

Now that I've explained my background...

The real questions...

I've researched the following masters programs:

MBA (concentration in information systems or information technology)
MPS Masters in professional studies - (concentration in Tech management)
M.S.I.T. - (concentration in Info Sec / Assurance) and (concentrations in general tech management)
M.S. in Informations systems - concentrations in cyber/info sec and tech management

Also .. the MPS seemed like a weird degree title, however the two I found were from Georgetown and Penn State.. So both colleges are highly respected.. I'm not sure if that counts more than the degree title itself.

Since I am employed full time, Online classes are my only real option since I want to continue to gain experience.

Which of these will be the most recognized and will actually help me progress the most in my career?

Additionally, what other certifications should I seek?

Most people who have given me advice about this are either at my level in IT or not in the field at all, so I would really appreciate any advice.

Thanks a lot!

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