April 16, 2021

Degree Path

Hi, I’m new to this subreddit (sorry in advance if this is the wrong subreddit), but was wondering if you all might be able to provide some insight. I am interested in CyberSec (don’t know which area yet) and am trying to decide between going to two different colleges, CU Boulder (in-state option) or George Mason. I did participate in CyberPatriot during HS, but I worked on Cisco packet tracer and our coach didn’t know anything about it. So I didn’t learn a whole lot, the only option was to self-teach, and that wasn’t for me. Here are a few questions I have to try and help me make a decision:

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1. GMU offers a Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity, CU only offers a Master’s in it. Is GMU’s bachelor’s worth it, or is it a gimmick? They claim to have a lot of connections for students since they are right outside DC.
2. Is a Master’s necessary/ preferable? If so, would it be better to get a Bachelor’s in CS, ECE, something else?
3. The difference in tuition is about 10k/yr (CU: 32k, GMU: 42k). Is GMU’s option for a Cybersec degree + connections worth +10k/yr? I know Cybersec is a pretty lucrative field, but is that too much of a price increase?

For the sake of the post, you can assume I know very little. (I can google how to do basic stuff in Windows/ Shell, Packet tracer, Linux/ Bash, know how to do Python & Java).

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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