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Java Certifications and Masters Degree

rohan tiwari
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Joined: Sep 13, 2007
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I want to pursue Masters in Computer Science in U.S. I am a SCJP for JDK 1.5 and SCWCD for J2EE 1.4. I wanted to know whether being sun certified enhances my chances of getting to top universities(among top 3) given that my undergraduate grades are very good.


SCJP 5, SCWCD 1.4, SCJD 5
arulk pillai
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Why not try and work there. There is no substitute for hands-on work experience.


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rohan tiwari
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I want a masters degree and then surely I will work there. After some years of work exp , I will go for a Phd.
Mark Herschberg
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Joined: Dec 04, 2000
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It doesn't matter what your grades are (good or bad), certifications have zero bearing on not just the top 3 masters programs but at least the top 50 if not 100. Those certifications are about programming [I'll save everyone my speech about how they're about regurgitation and not programming, and just take them at face value for the sake of this discussion] and not computer science.

As for a PhD, what do you think a PhD does for your career that a masters doesn't? I want to make sure you're getting a PhD for the right reasons.

--Mark
Svend Rost
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Joined: Oct 23, 2002
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Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
As for a PhD, what do you think a PhD does for your career that a masters doesn't? I want to make sure you're getting a PhD for the right reasons.

I'd like to add to this: If you wish to conduct research then you should go for the PhD. However, if you wish to work as a developer then you wont benefit from the PhD.

/Svend Rost
 
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