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Eli James_S here. During one of my web searches I found a few colleges have added new IT degrees to their curriculum.Especially to there graduate programs. What are your thoughts on a MS in Internet Technology or a MBA in Information Systems? Is there enough technology or professionals to teach these? Are these degrees sustainable for today and future technology?
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My professional advice is to proceed with caution and go to a public community college for your associates degree of applied science in whatever you choose for a major in and then transfer to a four year state university for your bachelor’s degree of science.
Make sure your degrees are an AS and BS. For technology you do not want an arts degree.
Don’t do what I did and go to a for profit school such as ITT Technical Institute. Before you guys comment, I already had experience in the field and was bootstrapping my education by working full time in corporate IT and going to school at night to earn my piece of “wipe my ass” paper to get a pay bump. Which I received by the way.
But, I will add that my main reason for choosing a for profit school at the time was not for education, because I was mostly self taught from childhood and grew up around people in the industry so I was just looking for something faster pace without having time off for holiday in order to progress to the next level in my own career which worked out for me. But that is me and I am not most people.
From my personal experience I have to say that we need to clean up the degree landscape. Today you can get degrees in almost any specialization, but as Eli discussed a lot, they are worthless most of the time.
Although it depends on what you mean with modern technology. If you want to go into the area of internet of things or drones experience with electronics is not a bad idea, combined with some coding skills.
For the “traditional” IT field I would say: if you want to get into the “science” behind modern technology go for a computer science degree. If you want to get ahead as a software engineer or similar jobs search for a good university of applied sciences with a dedicated software engineering or business informatics program and add plenty of experience into the mix.
I say this, because these university of applied science degrees mostly provide you with the background knowledge and a certain degree of practical experience. This background knowledge is important, because it provides you with a framework to work with when solving problems. And as Eli often says: Solving problems gives you the best experience.
Therefore having a good basic ediucation, it does not matter in which field, provides you with the tools you need to be successful. All these other blown up degrees provide you a lot of information with little value, because these programs fall short to emphasise on the important basics in order to make room for the extended material.
Well, Eli does actually say that an MBA from a reputable institute is does have merit as well. Out of what James has listed above, I would say the MBA in Information Systems sounds interesting. But as Eli has said over and over again, the bigger factor is WHERE the degree is coming from. An MBA from Harvard Business School and an MBA from the rural college of Bayankhongor, Mongolia are two VERY different things. One may get you a job, one may not.
Personal opinion, I think the MBA (and subsequently, most Masters level degrees) are overrated and don’t generate enough of a return on investment to make them worth pursuing. But that’s just my personal opinion, which is of course also predicated on my specific situation. In other words, don’t pay attention to me, I’m just here to ramble 🙂