any computer science majors with master degrees?

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  1. D1G1T4L

    D1G1T4L Active Member

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    Just wondering how hard was it to get your master degree? What kind of projects/classes did you have to do/take? What kind of new positions did this open up to you? (hows the increase in pay?)
     
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    I have a M.S. degree in computer engineering, not hard to get at all. It required 30 credits (21 class, 9 research) and a thesis research project supervised by three faculty members.

    Not sure about the increase in pay, try checking with your school's career services office since they probably keep those statistics.
     
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    from what i've seen in the industry as far as job positions is comparing straight out of school is somewhere around $7-10k/year difference between a bachelors and masters. If you're getting a technical masters/phd degree it opens you up to more research type positions than straight programming/hardware design.
     
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    I'll be getting my BS in CIS in May
    Masters > BS :wtc:
     
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    Paywise, most of my coworkers w/ masters started a bit higher (5-10k) but I was able to pass most of them within a year. Since changing jobs, I'm 20-25% above what my former coworkers w/ masters are making since they didn't leave. Still a bit lower than some of my current coworkers but I'm only 6 months into my 2nd year.

    Masters opens you up to more research jobs but work experience gets your salary up almost as quickly.

    I took several masters courses...nothing that difficult compared to undergrad. It's just more team based project courses and advanced theory. Just the opportunity to do research and 30 credits exclusively in a concentration of your choice. If I had the money/time it'd be something worth considering but I'd rather get an MBA and go for project management.
     
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    MBA sounds like a good idea after talking to several people

    What kind of project management can the person be doing with MBA and BS in CS? Can you go into more details
     
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    It'd be more of a jump start for middle management than anything else. Natural progression within software engineering is developer -> team lead -> project manager -> team manager -> director. Getting to a lead/management role just means more dealing w/ the customer, building schedules, and design rather than deep coding. More involved you are w/ the customer, the less likely you will get your job offshored.

    I actually have a 2nd undergrad degree in Econ so I'm interesting in keeping myself flexible enough to move toward financial software development given the massive debt incurred getting that degree from a top school.
     

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