What to Expect in an Online Cybersecurity Degree Program

During online labs, some professors use virtual machines to simulate real-life security situations.

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.

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