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Quality/reputation of Cyber masters schools

Greetings. I've been thinking a lot about getting an MS in Cyber now that I have a security position with a company that offers tuition reimbursement.

The challenge I'm facing is whether I should put in tons of pre-requisite coursework for one of those top tier masters programs (JHU, Carnegie Mellon) or go for my original choice (UMUC), which is also a fraction of the cost.

NYU Tandon would probably be another top choice but a single course takes up the majority of the allotted funds I'm given per year.

So my question is, are graduate Cyber masters programs even viewed that way by employers or in the security community? In other words, does someone look at your background and say 'oh you went to UMUC, nevermind', or 'oh wow, you have a masters in cyber from Hopkins - that changes things.' In my experience, I've come across a lot of very talented people in the military who were quite alright with UMUC. And it is an NSA CAE, as well.

Reason I ask is I noticed UMUC requires no GRE and no prior coursework. I have a million security certs and 10+ years of experience in tech/security, but because I majored in the humanities way back when, I am now taking courses on my own dime to meet the prerequisites for data structures, discrete math, and object oriented programming that are required for JHU and Carnegie. I could stop all this if I wanted to start at UMUC. Your thoughts?

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