I've noticed several academic programs that require, or accept in lieu of more traditional entrance evaluations, industry credentials for admissions.
Is there a comparative analysis of programs that allow industry licensing/certification versus those that adhere to more traditional entrance requirements like the GRE?
The specific credential that I'm thinking of is the CISSP (1). This certification has been eligible for transfer credit equivalency for some time (2), but I've only recently seen the certification as an admissions requirement (3) for an academic program.
Some data points that I would would be interested in are:
- How do examinations, such as GSE/CISSP/CISM/etc, compare to the GRE in terms of overall academic preparedness?
- Is there is measurable difference in the comparative difficulty between the different categories of examinations?
- If you've taken both types of examination, industry and academic, is one class of examination better or worse for gauging candidates, and why?
The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is an industry standard credential and certification.
Capitol College, just one of several examples.