I’m a senior BS in Cybersecurity student and I graduate in a couple semesters. I’m working on getting my Network+, Security+, and A+ before I graduate, but I really want to make sure I know my stuff prior to spending all of that money to takes the exams. Currently, I go to a private school in my home state, studying online. The program here is actually pretty decent and it’s surprisingly ranked nationally by US News and a few other sites for being a good online Cybersecurity program. I’ve maintained about a 4.0 GPA and have made the Provost’s List several semesters (irrelevant I’m assuming?).
I plan to directly pursue a Masters once I graduate, and I’ve been conditionally accepted to UC Berkeley, Syracuse, and Johns Hopkins. My university also has a Masters program and it’s so much cheaper than the other schools, primarily because it’s in-state tuition rates.
My main question is: Do employers care about where my degree is going to be from? Sure it would be cool to have a MS in Cybersecurity from a popular school on my resume, but will the extra debt be worth the bragging rights? Will it help me find a job more easily? I’m comfortable with my current school and I feel like I’m getting a good education, but I’m looking to know what everyone else thinks.