What to Expect in an Online Cybersecurity Degree Program (U.S. News)


Between a full-time job as a software engineer and raising a young child, Carlos Villegas knew that pursuing a master’s degree in cybersecurity wouldn’t be easy.

That’s where online learning came in, the 48-year-old says.

Villegas, a California resident, enrolled in a remote master’s program in cybersecurity at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. He took courses on subjects ranging from computer networking to applied cryptography, communicated with students on discussion boards and cracked passwords for assignments.

Now a cybersecurity engineer, Villegas, who graduated in January, worked primarily at his own pace to balance his education with his other responsibilities.

“The main benefit is efficiency,” he says. “When you’re working full time and have a family, every 10 minutes you spend is precious.”