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The SSDA program at Norwich University is specifically designed for individuals in the intelligence and SOF communities of the military. I found this program to be exactly what I needed in order to advance my career and gain critical knowledge of homeland security and defense policy. The professors are highly intelligent and work with you to ensure your success. Overall I would recommend this degree to anyone interested in perusing a lengthy career in the military or desiring to get out and work for the federal government.
A rare opportunity for a working professional to study in a prestigious institution if not fortunate enough to have been able to do that early in life. Norwich is relatively well-known in American culture and the MPA program was exceedingly helpful in strengthening needed skills for a role I promoted into just as I graduated where I lead over 500 people of a near 10,000 person organization. I would not likely have been hired without the Norwich degree. The MPA program was arduous and rewarding. Professors demanded competence and it took significant self-determination from program start to graduation on campus following a fantastic one week required residency that physically connects the on-line student with Norwich for life! I can't say enough about the school, program, or advantages to be had.
Very time consuming, but worth it! Learned a lot. Students were others who are working professional and generally really good people. You can tell professors are invested in your success.
Norwich University is a small private school in Vermont. I valued the low student to teacher ratio as I was 1 of about 12 students in the program at the time. Since I graduated, Norwich has been completely renovated, and currently offers a lot more amenities and club sports. I would recommend Norwich University to any student looking to get a well rounded education.
Great school. Very difficult program. It is not for those seeking an easy degree. I am very happy about the quality of education. I have used the course work regularly in my career. It was very relevant. Highly recommend Norwich's Master of Arts in Diplomacy international terrorism concentration.
If you are thinking about a Master's in Civil Engineering, this is an excellent option. I lived in California when I started. By the end, I lived in Eastern Europe. That is part of the power of the online learning environment. A second benefit is the staff at Norwich. One of the instructors was in the field overseeing the construction of a cell tower in Kyrgyzstan. Another was a full-time engineering professor at a major university in California. All the others were working professionals. Ph.D.'s, PE's, and SE's. All had substantial engineering experience. The next advantage is the mixture of professionals you will interact with in your class's cohort. You will start with a group and go through all your courses together. This creates some camaraderie and makes the process more enjoyable. Among my fellow students were structural engineers designing bridges, undersea platforms, water systems in Africa. Some ran businesses. One was a PMP professional for a large international firm. Experienced, working professors matter when the conversation is covering the latest design theory and calculations. In the classroom, the diversity of input from a wide range of engineers was more than edifying, it was exciting. Of course, the important things undergrad engineering leaves out are covered. Using code books to determine design loads is one such skill. Connections in reinforced concrete, complex wood splices, and the several failure methods of steel connections in tension are a few of the other skills required in structural engineering. Part way through the program, Norwich leveled up on the online platform. They moved from "angel" to Moodle. Angel was a good platform. But, Moodle was worth the extra work. I think you'll like it. Something Norwich did which made life a little easier was this: They shipped textbooks to us students. Do not worry if you have the correct edition, or all the software attached, Norwich works directly with Fawcett books. Fawcett mails the books to your door. Yes, I received mine in Eastern Europe, no problems. Having the books early helped me get a jump start on each course. Between each class, there is a two-week break. I used that break to work through the early chapters. That way, I had a basis on which to build the new knowledge. The workload is respectable. I set some goals for each class, and the instructors helped me reach them. So, be prepared to earn your degree. If you have never done online classes, also called "asynchronous learning," it is easy to see the advantages. If you have a mandatory meeting, it doesn't matter. Take the meeting. When you arrive back home, you can upload your assignment then. The hours are variable, just not optional. One of the previous reviewers noted that Norwich should utilize video to provide some of the lecture material. One thing you will notice during your coursework: NU proactively mines the student body for information on industry trends. That is one reason why the course content is so relevant to today's engineers. And, there are both video and downloadable PDF lecture materials. Watch all the videos at least twice. Print out the PDF lecture notes or load them onto an iPad. Go to a cafe and do your reading. One caveat of online learning is that social portals are just one click away. Another aspect NU seems to have responded to is the Capstone process. Yes, it was a lot of work. I respected it and all their warnings, "It is more work than you think. Be sure to investigate the available data before you choose a project." The process forced each of us in the program to perform parts of the Capstone project during the last courses. Personally, I chose something that really challenged me to learn dynamics and building serviceability to an entirely new echelon... a few levels higher than I functioned before the program. The best part for me was receiving my degree. The second best part was graduation week. Meeting your classmates, presenting your capstone project, attending lectures you'd normally pay to hear, and some really delicious chow (food, for you civilians) were all part of it. Oh, and do NOT skip the Dog River Run. It was an experience that still makes me smile.
My overall experience in the MDY program was rewarding. The program itself is not easy, you will definitely need to be able to adequately manage your time. However, I found the program to be completely doable. For the most part the courses were relevant and the members of the cohort were able to change dynamics in the course given their unique experiences. I wish there were more focus on career and professional development. In fields like International Relations it is hard to make a career jump and I wish Norwich would have done a better job connecting graduating students with a network to increase employment opportunities.
All of the staff was quick to respond to my questions, from application through graduation, they did a great job attending to all of my inquiries. I didn't like that I had the same teacher for two or three classes, once you have a teacher (12 credits for one semester) you should max out your allotted time with them. It is important for me to have varying perspectives.
The degree program in International Commerce focus of Diplomacy was a wonderful experience - the Professors were professional helpful and insightful to the programs course lineage. The interaction of all cohorts were the focal point with curriculum discussion that took place all over the world. This allowed for a positive interaction and expertise of cultural differences and experiences with input from all. The low residency was amazing when it came time to meet on campus and undergo workshops and lectures along with the graduation ceremonies - seeing the campus and meeting staff and cohorts was the foundation of bonding and a sense of accomplishment to a program well received by all.
I was actually disappointed as nobody ever cared about me getting a masters degree in security from this institution. Spending $30,000 on a masters meant nothing; they only cared about a $500 CISSP exam. In security they seem to only care about certs.