I've been admitted to Master's programs for Software Engineering. I was wondering how much of a difference going to a higher ranked school is, especially after you get your first job coming out. For instance, I'm deciding between the software eng. programs at Carnegie Mellon and USC. CMU has a better reputation, but is more expensive. If I go to CMU and get an average job coming out, then if I look for a more ambitious job in a couple years or so, will employers still look at my degree from CMU as highly as a fresh graduate? Or is it the kind of thing where landing your first job out of grad school is really crucial and the biggest payoff from a MS program?
After being out of grad school and working for a couple years, are employers going to care much where my degree is from?