Chris Russell pursued his Master of Science in Cybersecurity at the University of Dallas.

We sat down with Chris to find out about the ROI he earned from the M.S. in Cybersecurity program at the University of Dallas.

Chris Russell Headshot “Every professor has had an extensive career in their field so they don't just focus on the academic side, they bring a lot of experience into the classroom.” - Chris Russell, M.S. Student

Tell me a little bit about your background.

After college I joined the military intelligence branch of the Army. Because of the career field I was in, the only jobs I was offered at the conclusion of my service were overseas. I wanted to return home but also wanted to ensure I received the same satisfaction I enjoyed in the intelligence field. Ultimately, I decided cybersecurity was a natural transition, and that obtaining a master's degree would be my best course of action.

Why a graduate business degree, what was the benefit you were looking for?

I like to think the only thing you can control is your own actions, and being proactive is the best way to realize your goals. Any time you can increase your level of expertise or distinguish yourself within your field, that time and money will yield results.

How has the cybersecurity program prepared you to reach your goals?

Even before graduating, I was approached by companies about job opportunities in cybersecurity simply because they understand the rigor of the program adequately prepares you for the fast-paced information security industry.

Why UD, what was it that convinced you to apply here?

I don't know anyone who doesn't like competitive tuition fees, flexible course schedules or small classes that guarantee a high level of student/teacher interaction.

How did the cybersecurity professors enhance your experience as a student?

Everyone who teaches me has had an extensive career in their field so they don’t just focus on the academic side, they bring a lot of real world experience into the classroom.

What do you think makes the UD culture so different?

I don't feel like a number within a sea of other students. Everyone from the staff to the faculty took the time to answer any questions and help me with whatever I needed. It feels like a small town where people still help each other.

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You mentioned that flexible course schedules were a big reason you enrolled at UD, did you prefer online courses over on campus classes?

Personal interactions with professors are important to me. I have taken a few classes online due the flexibility it offered me with my busy schedule. I even completed the entire program earlier than I expected because of the online class options.


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