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A request from Gumby [Mar. 22nd, 2010|04:37 pm]
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So Gumby is looking to move up here (yay!) and possibly go back to school for a degree in CS. He currently has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arkansas University and graduated ~12 years ago. He's been working in manufacturing and totally wants out, and we've been figuring that getting a Masters might be better than going back for a second Bachelors. And I'll just quote him here....

15:41 <gumby> can you do me a favor?
15:42 <gumby> you know several people from the computer science arena, do you think they could offer any suggestions on places to look for a masters in computer science
15:43 <gumby> reputable/affordable places
16:02 <gumby> i'd like to check out 4-5 places as far as suggested classes to take in preparation for grad school
16:03 <gumby> and hopefully put together those classes in a span of a year or so that would allow me to apply to multiple grad schools
16:04 <gumby> i'd feel better about moving after selling my house with no job, and hopefully have the core reqs would allow for a decent job while getting a masters
16:05 <gumby> enough to get my foot in the door somewhere

So suggestions? He's already looked at U Mass. (Though further comments on the U Mass system is totally useful)

Edit: I don't think I was clear in that his current degree is a BS, not a masters. And the classes he would be taking pre-applying would possibly be undergraduate level classes that he would need to be able to go to a masters program in CS.
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[User Picture]From: lucky_otter
2010-03-22 09:01 pm (UTC)
I've heard good things about the grad CS program at UMass. The two grad CS classes I took (Distributed Operating Systems and Robotics) were both well taught and interesting.

AFAIK, most grad programs will *not* let you take their core required classes elsewhere. I know my program doesn't; not sure about CS. That said, there may be some classes that he'll need to take before he can approach the core grad CS classes. They likely won't include basic programming classes, which he'll need if he doesn't already have those skills.
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