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Matt Kidd
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Joined: Jul 17, 2002
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I've been out of the industry for two years this Ides of March. My love for computers has never wanned but at some point holding out for another computer job was neither prudent nor financiall healthy i.e. I got bills to pay. Either way I ended up working full time at the university I went to school for undergrad and by being full time staff I get a tuition benefit. Gold mine for me as the rough financial times that I've been through have ruined my credit so taking loans out for grad school would not have been an option. But I'm at an impass: do I go for a master's in Computer Science and essentially retake all the courses I did in undergrad or to I go for a Masters in Information Systems. I feel at this point in my life an MBA isn't a good idea eventhough I am in a managerial position. What are the pros and cons of each degree? Would I be rehashing the same material by doing Master's work in CS? What if any is the discernable difference between MIS and MS in CS?
Just looking for insight.
Mark Herschberg

Joined: Dec 04, 2000
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Generally speaking a masters in CS is for software developers. An MIS on the other hand, is kinda like a hybrid MBA and CS masters.* It teaches you how to manage technology systems.
*Make no mistake, it's not a substitute for either an MBA or CS masters.
Matt Kidd
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But as a hybrid what would a person be able to do with it? Would the same job oppurtunities be available to a person who chooses a MIS over a CS? My main fear is that I do the degree and I'm still stuck in the position I'm at at the university only with recently upgraded degree and "skills".
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