I am interested in pursuing cryptography and already have a B.A. in mathematics. I am undecided as to whether to apply to a doctorate program or a Master's, and would like some input concerning this decision. Is a Master's degree sufficient, or would a doctorate be a better track? Also do you have any additions to the list of schools you had in a previous post, or are these schools still the best in your opinion?
While the list of schools I provided earlier represents the programs that offer Master's degrees specifically in information security, your options are much broader if you go for a doctorate. That would add any of the top 30 computer science programs as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
If you can afford to go for a doctorate, by all means do so; it remains a much more valuable credential than the Master's. (But, of course a doctorate involves considerable time, effort and expense to obtain -- six years is typical for a doctorate as opposed to two to three years for a Master's degree.)
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