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Hi,
Will any body advice a good distance learning university in USA. Is the degree obtained from distance learning will be valid similar to one in on campus. Give me some advice about doing MS in computer science.
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This is *not* the right forum!
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moving this to the Jobs Discussion forum, please continue the conversation there!
By the way -- Drexel University, in Philadelphia has an online Master's program in Information Systems,but not Computer Science.
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Hi,
Can body tell me in which subject doing MS will be good related to Software. Is there anybody who is doing MS in distance learning please tell me what are the advantages and disadvantages.
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Though not altogether formal and certainly moose heads will not replace 'sheep skin', this site is a great "distance learning" venue.
 
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Probably the best site for distance learning degree information is degreeinfo.com. They have a search engine for tons of distance degree programs that can be split up based on major (e.g. computer science) and degree type (e.g. masters).
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Hi Megha,
I am currently studying an online Masters in IT with the University of Liverpool and must say i find it excellent. It has many advantages over learning on a campus but also some disadvantages as can be expected. You have to choose 8 modules out of about 16 available followed by a dissertation. If you take each module straight after each other you can probably finish it in a minimum of 2 years, but most have a module or 2 break.
Its a lot cheaper, mine was about �8,000 + books but the biggest benefit is the saving in opportunity cost. You get to work while you are doing the course so you are only paying for the cost of learning, not having to support yourself for a year on your savings. So you are not only learning but you are getting experience and you can often apply what you have just learnt to your job at hand.
It seems to be a good way of learning as well, we have classes of about 15 (and there are about 5 classes running on each subject at each time, each with their own teacher) and while there are no exams there is a lot of work (2 essays, homework questions and a project hand in every week for 8 weeks). Don't believe its a breeze you still have to put in around 20 hours a week to get a reasonable grade. Its good because you meet people with many years of experience, i have only a couple of years and am consistently the most inexperienced person in the class, with many having 10 to 20 years and hailing from all of the place. In my current class we have students from China, South African, England, Canada, Denmark and the US while our class lecturer is from the US.
There are other advantages such as a lot of the lecturers are very good, but there is a good feedback system so if any lecturer doesn't pull his weight he is booted out fairly quickly. There is a lot of online discussion with other students which makes you learn better than just cramming for an exam and see how others have used their experience in the past.
So far i have done Computer Structures (this is compulsory as a first module), Databases (using IBM DB2 and lots of hands on work) and i am currently doing Software Engineering. Hope to then do Internet Programming, Web Services, C++, Networks and possibly AI.
The disadvantages are that it can be so much work and its fairly uncompromising (you have to submit comments or work at least 4 times a week). Mostly you work on the weekends so going away for a weekend can lead to a lot of catching up to do. You also soon learn to have no social life but if you structure it well you can usually make it more flexible.
Another downside is that there may not be the same sort of credibility for an online degree but i think as it picks up more and more this will change but there is not much of an alumni programme (although i think this is improving). They also do an MBA Programme for about �12K which i may well do afterwards instead of spending �80K and taking a year out.
So in conclusion it fitted me very well, if you haven't got the money or time to do it full time for a year and want to work for experience at the same time its a great way of doing it and i haven't regretted it yet (except maybe a few late sunday nights ;-) )
The address is http://www.kitcampus.com/home/index.phtml
Hope this is of help
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Sam,
Looks good. How far are you into the program? Do you think its possible to do it in < 24 months?
 
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Hi Simon,
I am in week 6 of my third module, so only 5 more to go ;-( , Software Engineering.
In theory yes. Each module is 8 weeks long and there is 2 weeks between each one but i think you can only do 4 in your first year because the initial module is set at a different time. Then you can easily do the next 4 in 40 weeks. The last bit which i might not have mentioned above is the dissertation that you have to take after the 8 modules, but if you start planning for that a couple of modules ahead you could do it in 24 months. I am allowing 27 months to do mine but that includes a module break i plan to take next year.
If you are out of work or seriously bright and have lots of time you can even do 2 modules at once but i have seen bright guys with 20 years experience struggle with one so i wouldn't recommend it unless you aren't working.
They are also talking about staggering modules so that you can take modules straight after each other, so no 2-week break, if you want which would shorten the time it takes, but that could mean a minimum of 68 weeks (have to stop for xmas & new year) of relentless slog which you can have. ;-)
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Hi
My wife is doing her MS in Computer Science (distance learning) through ACCIS(american college of computer science and information systems). Try their website www.accis.com.It is one of the best in US.
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Hi,
Does any one has idea about university of pheonix,Capella University and Bellevue university for distance learning. Which one is good among these three.
[ September 16, 2003: Message edited by: Megha Roy ]
 
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The Robert Gordon University has some on-line Computing Masters as well
www.rgu.ac.uk
 
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A master degree is only the begining these days, I know for sure that the IT department or enterprise solution roups or MIS department of major coporations and companies have lots highly qualififed ppl and quite a few phDs in either computer science of information system.
 
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Hi,
Billy, it is watershed or filtering. It happens whenever we encounter dark time.
Megha, I hope you still have a job while pursuing a higher level of education for enriching your career endeavor. If not, there is a risk because up until recently I see real-estate agents and insurance agents bragging their MS degrees from top level school in US.
Regards,
MCao
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Originally posted by Matt Cao:
If not, there is a risk because up until recently I see real-estate agents and insurance agents bragging their MS degrees from top level school in US.


There goes my next career choice, down the drain!
Seriously though, lately I am hearing stories about how important MS degrees are while you negotiate your terms, in India, if not in the west. I was never selected or rejected on the basis of my academic qualification in past 6 years, in last 4 firms that I worked for, but I guess its different now, and employers are getting a lot more pedantic about academic achievements.
I am thinking of doing MS myself, but couldn't find a suitable university yet, because I would prefer to attend taught lessons for an hour or two a week (just to keep me focused).
 
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