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Re: [ljc] BSc or MSc

From: Matt P.
Sent on: Monday, June 25, 2012 3:30 PM
Hi,

Personally, I would recommend the pursuit of an MSc, if you have the time and energy to do so.

MSc forces you to research a lot of topics very thoroughly, build your arguments, and cite your sources accurately, which means that you have to do a lot of focussed reading. The result is that it gives you longer horizons on programming than you would gain through work experience, or reading the current computing books, both of which can become too narrow and specialised.

I don't believe an MSc is an alternative to work experience; I do believe they complement each other well.

I also think it does benefit your career. It's a longer term investment, that pays off over 5 - 10 years. It does make sense to look carefully at the provider, and to judge how up-to-date the course is.

Matt



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To: [address removed] <[address removed]>
Sent: Mon Jun 25 12:31:[masked]
Subject: Re: [ljc] BSc or MSc

Hi all,

Many very good points. I'll also emphasize that it depends...
I'm coming from the immigrant perspective plus having experienced some burn-out after my BSc (in a different education system from most of you I'm sure). I pursued my MSc which revived my passion for my work and helped me find a job in the UK. 

Jean

On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM, alexander sharma <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi

I received a BSc in Software Engineering and then did a MSc in Computer Science. Now I am currently preparing for an MBA.
If you enjoyed your BSc degree in computer science or software engineering I would definetly go for an MSc its a good extension.

If you want to do research etc I would straight away start doing a PHD.

Alex

On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 6:55 AM, Barry Cranford <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey guys,

We recently had a conversation about the relevance of an MBA to a Software Engineer's career. How about an MSc?

I have had this question come directly to me:

"I am a graduate in Computer Science Engineering. I want to study the MSc course in Software Engineering. I would like to know the advantages of a Masters degree over a Bachelors degree and is Software Engineering a good field to specialise in?" 

I'm keen to get your thoughts in this space. How do you personally view it?

Thanks,
Barry



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