October 11, 2021

Do employers care about where your degree came from?

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.

Thanks.

Comments

new_nimmerzz

Unless you’re dealing with bleeding edge orgs like Google, Microsoft, usually doesn’t matter. Degrees are mostly to get you through HR anyway. I’d take someone with 5 years of experience over a recent grad with degree

intellectualbadass87

No. Experience and Certifications are more relevant. I would advise against going into debt to finance your education.

Stick with a Public or Private Non-Profit University. Stay away from For-Profit Colleges/Universities.

Look at affordable options like WGU or DSU for Cybersecurity.

Take the 30k or 50k you save on Education from a more expensive/prestigious university and put it toward paying for certifications, training, and invest the rest in index/mutual funds!

https://www.geteducated.com/online-degrees/all/criminal-justice-safety-law/cybersecurity/

SyrupLamp

It matters a bit if it’s your first or second job (or an internship). The school could potentially bias a hiring manager one way or another. If you don’t have much experience yet, this could be a hurtle.

If tuition is a big deal for you, don’t go to a big name school for debt. You can always find a startup or small-ish company first and get some exp, then hop over after two or three years

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