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Interview Tips for MS in Cyber Security or MS in Technology Management Programs

So you’ve applied to masters in cyber security or technology management masters degree programs. You followed our tips for the application process and the letters of recommendation and let’s be honest, you look great on paper.  That means you’re in right? Not so fast.

Most programs keep their class sizes small 25-45 students to create an optimal learning environment in which students can network, learn from one another and have access to instructions. This means that some program have a next step in the application process: the interview.

Here are some tips for acing your interview, whether it be for an MS in cyber security or MS in technology management program.

  1. Don’t walk in unprepared. Approach your graduate school interview the same way you would approach any job interview. Anticipate the questions so you can present your best self.
  2. Think about how your career will benefit from the program and how it ties to your work experience. Be able to discuss the specifics of your experience to date and your academic accomplishments. Be ready to talk about what excites you about your chosen degree field.
  3. Don’t ask about anything you can find on the website. Know the program curriculum and schedule. This is your chance for quality face-to-face time to get answers to questions that can’t be found on the website.
  4. Do note the names of the people you interview with and send a quick e-mail of thanks (it is always appropriate).

And finally, don’t neglect your own cyber presence.  Increasingly, graduate school admission committees are looking at prospective students’ social media profiles. Update your LinkedIn page with your most current accomplishments and credentials. And make sure that the “you” that appears on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter isn’t one that would make an admissions team think twice about having you in their classrooms and on their campus. Do put your best face forward.

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J.P. Auffret

I am director of the executive degree programs in the George Mason School of Business including the MS in Technology Management, MS in Management of Secure Information Systems, and Executive MBA. Additionally, I am a co-founder of the International Academy of CIO and serves as an advisory board member of the Waseda eGovernance Research Center.

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