Baker College adds online graduate degrees in cloud security risk management

Business News |May 17, 2017|3 min read

Specialized MBA, MSIS designed to address national threats, workforce short fall


MUSKEGON, Mich. – Baker College will launch two graduate degrees fall 2017 for those wishing to enter or advance in the cybersecurity field: an MBA in cloud security risk management and a Master of Science in information systems (MSIS) in cloud security risk management. Enrollment is now open for courses that begin Aug. 28.


“These new graduate degrees will help address the critical need for cyber and cloud security professionals in the U.S. as cyberattacks, security breaches, compliance challenges and new technologies fuel demand for qualified workers,” said Jill Langen, Ph.D., Baker College Online/Center for Graduate Studies president.


Courses in the concentration of cloud security risk management will be provided through a partnership with Mission Critical Institute (MCI), Reston, Virginia. MCI is a leading developer of cybersecurity education programs recognized by the Department of Homeland Security.


“Baker College stood out as an excellent partner because its online programs are rated among the top in the nation, and it offers strong undergraduate cyber defense programs,” said V. N. Berlin, Ph.D., MCI president. “The two organizations are also aligned in focusing on career education that meets workforce needs by preparing students to be job-ready at graduation.”


Baker College appoints MCI-certified expert practicing cybersecurity faculty to teach and mentor students through practitioner-oriented cybersecurity curriculum. Major courses will include in-depth exam preparation for certifications needed for cybersecurity employment in business and government.


The curriculum is based on the U.S. government’s recommended set of industry standards and best practices developed by the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to help organizations manage cybersecurity risks.


Langen said, “MCI’s relationships with our country’s top cybersecurity businesses and leaders will be extremely beneficial to Baker College students.”


In 2016, Baker College was one of the first two higher education institutions to earn the OLC (Online Learning Consortium) Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs.


For more information about the two new degrees in cloud security risk management, contact Christine Olyer, MCI program manager, at


About Baker College

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including applied technology, business, education, engineering, health science, information technology and social science. Baker College has on-ground campuses throughout Michigan and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook,


About Mission Critical Institute

MCI advances cybersecurity careers and thought leadership by developing career-path-focused cybersecurity education and training programs. MCI programs have served more than 12,000 learners worldwide seeking cybersecurity training, certifications and degrees. Employers that have benefited from collaboration with MCI include Booz Allen Hamilton, Harris Corporation, Wells Fargo, and the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services. The MCI NIST Risk Management Framework curriculum has been recognized by the Department of Homeland Security. MCI is an academic partner of the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council).


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