Online education is becoming more and more common, and employers are less likely to see an Online MBA in Cybersecurity as worth less than a traditional one.
According to a 2016 U.S. News and World Report, recruiters find that most employers are likely to accept candidates with online MBAs from respected schools since the quality of education is the same as that of a traditional program. And with the advent of massive and open online courses, known as MOOCs, the perception of online learning in general has shifted. The reason being is that highly-respected institutions like MIT, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford are all offering MOOCs, which elevates the idea of online higher education across the board.
It should be noted that there remains some uncertainty around MBAs from online only, for-profit schools. Most purely online institutions do not hold the same reputations as those that were traditionally brick and mortar and have expanded into the online world. It is very important for prospective student to make sure that the institution and degree program is accredited. More than online or not, accreditation will impact whether a prospective employer takes a degree seriously. This is especially important for lesser known schools.
There is also no reason professionals need to state in a cover letter or resume that a degree was completed online or on-campus. Most employers are less concerned about how a degree was earned than the quality of a school’s education and its reputation. That being said, there are a few things that might tip an employer off that a student attended an online program, and professionals should be prepared to discuss these things in an interview; for example, if the school attended is located far from where the student was living while were pursing the degree or if a school is known to be an online only school.
If an employer has concerns about an online MBA from an online-only school, there are things students can do to help bolster their educational experience. Emphasize the positive aspects of an online program. An online program means students need excellent time-management skills, motivation, the ability to learn independently, advanced computer literacy, and excellent online collaboration skills. These are all skills that are vitally important when working in the cybersecurity field and should give future employers a piece of mind about a professional’s qualifications and abilities. And if the reason a student is pursing an MBA online is because of working full-time, that is something employers should respond positively to. It shows, in a very clear way, the ability to successfully manage multiple priorities at the same time.
In fact, in 2010 the U.S. Department of Education released the results of a survey undertaken from 1999-2008. The report finds that online education at the college level was as good or better than on-campus learning.
In the end, employers should appreciate the fact that the world is ever-increasingly taking place online. And with an online MBA in cybersecurity, students will be exceptionally prepared to help their organization stay safe and protected.