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Completing BSc next year, is a MSc Computer Science worth it?

Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:15 AM

I will (hopefully)have completed a BSc in Applied Computing this time next year and with the job market being so competitive would you recommend me completing a MSc in Computer Science? would it help me in the applicant queue?

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Mike
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Re: Completing BSc next year, is a MSc Computer Science worth it?

Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:39 AM

To be honest there is no real way to tell. Most job applications only look for a BSc, after that it comes down to you as a person. But of course for more specialised positions having an MSc might set yourself apart from the rest (although of course it might not).

A lot of the time it comes down to how much experience you have rather than having a BSc compared to an MSc.

Personally I only have a BSc however I was lucky enough to spend a year out in industry during it. That experience doing actual work for a business helped me out a hell of a lot when I set out looking for a job afterwards.

If you really want to do a MSc, and can afford it, then go for it. However don't think that having it will definitely get you a job. It won't. It may increase your chances, but you still have to prove to employers that you are worth having MsC or not.
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Re: Completing BSc next year, is a MSc Computer Science worth it?

Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:46 AM

there are instances where places will NOT hire you because of a masters... As a whole, i would say go for it for further knowledge and a more specific area of the field.

I am not sure where you are living, but ive never had issues with the job market. Ive never been unemployeed for more then a week really. It really just depends on what you can bring to the table.

They say it is hard and competative, but really that is for people who really just got a degree because they were told to. If you are a natural and know what you are doing, you wouldnt have issues with the market.

Personal preference:
Get a BSc, go get a job, have them pay for your MSc. Difference is an additional 1.5 years or whatever compared to like 5 years of 1 course at a time.
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Re: Completing BSc next year, is a MSc Computer Science worth it?

Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:43 PM

Admittedly I am a young one compared to some of the Coding Gods who frequent this Community, but I have to agree with many of the previous comments. I myself this past May complete my A.A.S. in Computer Programming (2 Year-Technical School that I attended for it's high reputation in my State and participation in a program I qualified for which paid all my Tuition). The previous 8 months before Graduation, while attending school full-time and attending to my other obligations, I worked roughly 32 hours a week as an Application Developer (Officially Data Analyst *cough cough*) with a worldwide book publishing company. My experience that I gained there coupled with my incredible focus and achievement on my studies made me jump out to employers, and after graduation and several interviews I ended up in my current employment position.

This Fall I begin courses to pursue my B.Sc. in Computer Science. I am very optimistic as by the time that I gain my Bachelors (taking into account optimistic and very rigorous course schedules) I will have nearly 4-5 years of experience on my Resume, a blossomed portfolio, and the experience that shall make me employable to almost anyone I set my sights and career goals on.

I did a lot of research on the specific topic of the value of getting a Masters Degree in C.S., and unless the position is particularly interested in such a qualification (Most are not), an individual is better off to simply achieve their Bachelors Degree, find employment (anything no matter how nominal that will gain professional experience), and never stop trying to become a better Coder.
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