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Question about Masters Degree

Taudo Wenzel
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Joined: Mar 06, 2001
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Hi all,
I am having a question about Masters Degree in Computer Science.
I already hold a degree from a german university in computer science and want to earn now a masters degree. One university offers two kinds:
1) Master of Science in Informatics
2) Master of Computer Science (M.Comp.Sc.)
Can anyone tell my how those two master's are valued in the states (I am from germany)?
What is the difference between M.Comp.Sc and M.Sc.(Comp.)?
Your input is very much appreciated,
Thanks,
Taudo
[ July 17, 2003: Message edited by: Taudo Wenzel ]
Alexandre Ferras
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Joined: Jun 24, 2003
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Hallo !
I think Master of Science in Informatics is about "low level" computer science, like assembler programming and something related to electronics.
Master of Computer Science (M.Comp.Sc.) is a higher level, to be used with other areas, like bioengineering.


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Mark Herschberg
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Can you post a course listing for each program?
--Mark
Billy Tsai
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which university is that?
are both degrees two years?
maybe informatics is about information system and communication
like Master of Commerce in Information system
becuase Master of Science in Computer Science would have cover low level programming like asm ( if u want to take those papers)
becuase when I was in university my computer science papers included a course doing alpha assembly for entire semester.


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Taudo Wenzel
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Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
Can you post a course listing for each program?
--Mark

Hi Mark,
here is the course listing that i tried to translate from German to English. I am sure some course titles are not translated correctly, but it should still be possible to get their meaning.
You have to know that Masters and Batchelors degrees are very new in Germany, as we always had (and still have) our own graduate system.
For both degrees you have basically the same course listing. For Master of computer science you have a few more introductorial courses to choose from and with the masters of science in informatics, you are obliged to choose at least one course from the group foundation of informatics. To me very odd rules.
The university that offers that has a good reputation in germany.
FOUNDATION OF INFORMATICS
Theory of computability
Computable Analysis
Effizient graph algorithms
Logic for computer sciences
Modelling and reasoning about Systems
Algorithmic geometrics
program verification
Theory of complexity II
Formal Languages
Advanced computable Analysis
COMPUTER SYSTEMS
VLSI Design Algorithms
PC-Technology
Graphical Dataprocessing II
Digital arithmetik
Digital fault diagnosis
Fault tolerant systems
INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Databases in computer networks
Moving Objects databases
Deduktions- and inferenzsystems
Artificial Intelligence and knowledge processing
datastructures II
Speech processing
Neuronal networks
Semantics of speech information
Methods of knowledge representation and processing
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING AND PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES
Object oriented programming
Logical and functional Programming
Software Engineering II
Software Architecture
Program analysis
Advanced principles of functional programming
Operating systems and distributed and kooperative Systems
Communication and computer networks
operating systems
Mobile Computing
Internet Formats
Security II
For Master of Computer Science you have those additional courses to choose from (they are of a more basic nature):
Parallel Algorithms
Computable functional analysis
Parallel Programming
Implementation concepts for database systems
Knowledge based systems
Introduction to artificial intelligence
Software Engineering I
Distributed Systems
Security I
[ July 19, 2003: Message edited by: Taudo Wenzel ]
Billy Tsai
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do master of computer science , it looks easier.
Mark Herschberg
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Posts: 6037
Well, I'm not quite clear on which classes are for which program, but overall they look solid. I don't see anything on e-commerce, building web sites, or other classes which will be dated within a few years.
--Mark
Matt Cao
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Joined: Apr 03, 2003
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Originally posted by Billy Tsai:
do master of computer science , it looks easier.

Hi Billy,
What seems easy to you maybe not what he likes.
Regards,
MCao
Andres Gonzalez
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Joined: Nov 27, 2001
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Originally posted by Billy Tsai:
do master of computer science , it looks easier.



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Derek Grey
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Originally posted by Billy Tsai:
do master of computer science , it looks easier.

Outright this statement seems absurd. But when you think about it, it can work in certain instances.
Let's say you have confidence in your programming and communication abilities and all that you lack is a degree, then I'd suggest you go for the easier one.
Most of the universities teach you stuff (concerning programming etc.)that you can learn on your own and many of them are already outdated in the industry or are overflowing with many people who are good at it.
Michael Barthels
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Just have a look here - it seems to be the same
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master

Whishes,
Mike
Mark Herschberg
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"mike b.",

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Suresh Thota
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This message is 3 years old

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Michael Barthels
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ups. didn't have a look on the date (blaming but true ...)

I changed my profile - hope it's better now ...

whishes,
mike
 
 
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