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Master's Degree

Postby onoresrts63 » Sat May 17, 2014 6:39 pm UTC

I am planning to take up a master's degree in Computer Science. However, is it that worth it? I mean nowadays, we could just search the internet for programming tutorials and stuff. But I really want to earn that degree. So any suggestions??

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Re: Master's Degree

Postby Zcorp » Sat May 17, 2014 9:48 pm UTC

The learning environment can be of great value to some people, if you would struggle to learn things yourself with the online resources you know of a more formal environment has some significant perks. So it largely depends on your learning style.

However, arguably just as or more valuable that the skills you can learn is the networking a good school can give you. Most people get most of their jobs through people they know. Meeting people through a Master's degree is a great way to increase your earning potential or even just potential of getting a job. These people can be your peers, your teachers or alumni of your program. The single most valuable thing one school can give a student over another is a better alumni program.

So, depending on which school you attend and how you learn sufficiently or optimally it is certainly worth it.

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Re: Master's Degree

Postby scarecrovv » Tue May 20, 2014 6:12 am UTC

A master's thesis is also generally much more involved and (presumably) impressive to a potential employer than an undergrad project or thesis. It's something you could put as a separate line on your resume and have interesting discussions about in job interviews. Also, if you do a good job on your thesis, your thesis supervisor could write a powerful letter of recommendation.

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Re: Master's Degree

Postby Chen » Wed May 21, 2014 11:49 am UTC

scarecrovv wrote:A master's thesis is also generally much more involved and (presumably) impressive to a potential employer than an undergrad project or thesis. It's something you could put as a separate line on your resume and have interesting discussions about in job interviews. Also, if you do a good job on your thesis, your thesis supervisor could write a powerful letter of recommendation.


I'm not sure how valuable a masters degree actually is with regards to employment in industry. Especially if you compare it to having started working in industry for those 2ish years instead. Clearly for work in academics it has value.

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Re: Master's Degree

Postby Izawwlgood » Wed May 21, 2014 2:39 pm UTC

It depends extremely heavily on industry, and you should research this before deciding.
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Re: Master's Degree

Postby Bakemaster » Sat May 24, 2014 4:24 am UTC

If you think a master's degree in computer science has anything to do with programming tutorials on the internet, you are in for a rude awakening. Recommend you do a little more research about what such a degree entails.
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