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Desai, Jignesh

Joined: Jul 17, 2001
Posts: 2
I hold MCA (Master in Computer Applications) degree from INDIA with good grades and have 2 years of work experience in JAVA, JSP, EJB etc.
I have got admission in MS Software Engineering in University of St. Thomas. This university is accredited but is private and has regional reputation only. I wanted to know whether this Software Engineering degree would add substantial value ( as an MS CS would ) and has good reputation in industry. Some background about the couse : 7 semester course covering topics like Software Engineering, Project Management, SQA/QC, DBMS, SAD, OOPS, Networking, Operating System, Microprocessor etc.
Following is some of the analysis i have done :
Pros of doing the course
1) can be done along with the job thru evening/weekend classes.
2) will add to knowledge to some extent.
Cons of doing the course
1) Masters in SE doesn't have many core CS topics as an MS CS.
So the overall utility/reputation of the course is a question.
2) University is private (though accredited) and is known only in Minnesota and near by places.
3) Will have to spend all the spare time and money for the course !!
I would be grateful if you can give some suggestions/comments about this course.
John Coxey
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Joined: Oct 24, 2000
Posts: 503
Jignesh Desai:
Are you currently working? Most employers help with the tuition costs for graduate school. I would definitely meet with the human resource folks at your company and see if they will help.
Tuition assistance for college seems like more and more of a standard benefit in the IT industry. So look into it.
John Coxey

John Coxey
Evansville, Indiana, USA
William Barnes
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Joined: Mar 16, 2001
Posts: 986

I some people actually like school, and are good at it, unlike me. You already have a Masters. I don't know if getting another degree would be that much of a help. (But what the hell do I know - should make that my signiture.) Good luck either way.

Please ignore post, I have no idea what I am talking about.
Desai, Jignesh

Joined: Jul 17, 2001
Posts: 2
Thanks John and christopher for your reply.
I am already working and would be asking my employer to fund the education expendature. The MCA degree which i presently hold is considered equivalent to BS (CS) degree from US University. That's the reason of my being inclined for a Master's degree.
I would like to know your advise/opinion about the course and university. I wish to do it since holding a Master's degree from US university (other than the skill set) would improve long term career propects. But i am a bit concerned since the university doesn't have national reputation (although it is known in Minnesota) and the Software Engineering degree unlike Computer Science may not give a fillip in job prospects. Maybe i can workaround to some extent on these by carefully choosing 'core CS' courses as optional courses (like Networking, Operating System, OOPS etc) and a year down the road if situation permits move on to a better known university.
Thanks again for your advise.
I agree. Here's the link:
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