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which degree should I go after

Matthew Phillips
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Joined: Mar 09, 2001
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I have a two year degree in computer programming. It is from an accredited program. I am interested in going after my 4 year degree, but I am not sure if I should get a computer science degree or a business degree. I definately want to be a software developer, but it seems like the business degree may give me a little more flexibility and give me an angle that the computer science degree may not.


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Mark Herschberg
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Hmm. I'm normally not a big fan of 2 year degrees (in that I don't think they do as well as 4 year degrees). However, if you have a degree already and are getting jobs and have experience, that may be good enough.
I'm a big fan of picking of business skills. Now I generally think a BS in management is just that, BS. But when combined with a science, engineering or other degrees, it can be quite powerful.
That said, I have no idea how a BS in business combined with a 2 year CS degree will fare in the workplace. But one way or another, acquiring business skills is a good thing.
--Mark
Chad McGowan
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Joined: May 10, 2001
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I have a CS degree with a minor in Business. I think that having some insight into economics, corporate finance, etc. can help you in some companies. It shows that you aren't a one dimensional techie... I'm torn now on going for an MBA or a Masters in CS. I'm leaning toward an MBA.
I would recommend sticking with a bachelors in CS because there are a lot of companies that require a CS degree to even be interviewed. Take all the business classes you can and maybe even think about a double major.
Matthew Phillips
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Hmm. I'm normally not a big fan of 2 year degrees (in that I don't think they do as well as 4 year degrees). However, if you have a degree already and are getting jobs and have experience, that may be good enough.

I was hoping the 2 year degree would help me get some experience, but in the current job market it just doesn't cut it. Instead of sitting on my thumbs I want to get the 4 year degree while I ride out the job market. I am leaning toward the CS degree and picking up some business classes as electives.
Jason Menard
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If you want to be a developer, then the CS degree is most likely to get you going on that path. Later on, it may be advantageous to go for an MBA, depending on your individual goals and circumstances.
Mimi Chan
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Joined: May 21, 2002
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I have two undergraduate degrees, both in business and computer science. From my experience, the type of degree only counts if you have very little work experience and you are looking for a new job. If you have couple of years worth of work experience, companies don't care about degrees and care more about your experience and what you know. I am Java certified as well but I can't get my company to consider me for a development job because I lack the experience. :-(
 
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