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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: solipsistnation
2010-03-22 09:29 pm (UTC)
WPI!

Oh wait, you said "Affordable." Well, he could always apply for scholarships and so on.
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[User Picture]From: nchanter
2010-03-22 09:39 pm (UTC)
LOL. Yea... the % of schools around here that are private vs public is very different than in much of the rest of the country. I mean... are there even public schools in the area that aren't part of the U Mass system?
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[User Picture]From: marphod
2010-03-23 02:06 am (UTC)
No.

But that's true most places. Public schools are usually funded by the state, rather than by a city or other public institution. The military academies and the CUNY system are the only exception to that that I can think of off the top of my head. Well, and U-DC, but that hardly counts.
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[User Picture]From: herbie
2010-03-23 11:01 pm (UTC)
Note that the public/private distinction is likely to not make much difference to a brand new resident of the state, as they'll be considered out of state until (usually) 1 year out.

It's worth mentioning that some reputable Universities' schools of continuing education have online/correspondence courses.
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[User Picture]From: sylvari
2010-03-23 12:21 am (UTC)
Yes but he doesn't have to graduate. WPI dropouts are more successful than the graduates I am told.
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[User Picture]From: solipsistnation
2010-03-23 02:24 pm (UTC)
WPI dropouts? I don't know nothin' 'bout that.
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