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A request from Gumby [Mar. 22nd, 2010|04:37 pm]

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.

[User Picture]From: marphod
2010-03-24 04:23 am (UTC)
For what its worth, residents of Somerville and Medford can audit a single class per semester at Tufts for around 100$. I don't think there is a residency requirement for that, so it is something to consider when thinking of places to live. (Assuming you're not staying where you are.)

Undergrad classes at Harvard Extension are cheaper than grad classes (about half the price).

Gumby would also have a whole lot more options for undergraduate (and therefore more low-cost) programs. A down side is that most of these places don't have a masters option, so it wouldn't be auditioning the school for further study.

Any CS program that offers a bachelors is going to have the pre-reqs for a Master's program. Some of the places with associates might, but are less likely. Wentworth has a BS program and is 680$ per credit, Simmons has a BS and is ~1k$/credit, Regis College has a BA and looks like ~700$/credit, Fisher has a BS and is 250$/credit (... whoa.).
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