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Hello all, I'm am in need of some advice, or perhaps just some insight.

I'm currently 30 years old and I work IT at a university. I've been wanting to return to school part time to finish a degree, but I'm in a bind between two programs.

The first program is a Master's in Information Systems, which is basically to get me ready for management of what I already do.

The other is a Master's in Computer Science, which is a bit obvious what I would do with that. I would say my heart is more towards programming, but I'm just not sure about the long-term career side.

I already have a reasonable amount of coding experience. I'm self-taught PHP and have used that for years and am starting with C#. I've also taken a single grad level programming class using C++ and breezed away with an easy A. So needless to say, I have at least some level of aptitude for programming.

Problem is, I don't know how hard or easy it would be for me to change careers into programming, even once I earn my Master's. Any insight on career changing at my age (Would likely be around 33 or 34 years old when I finish my masters, though).

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I forgot to mention that my undergraduate is not in programming. Ironically enough, it's journalism (Long story). Though I do have some coding and engineering experience in my undergraduate. I've been through two semesters of calculus and 1 semester of differential equations.

I like to think my journalism degree mixed with a masters in computer science would allow me to brand myself to employers as a skilled programmer with good communication skills
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

I am going to repeat a question they always asked me when I had the misfortune to have to go for an interview. “Where do you think you will be in ten years' time?”
What do you think you are going to do? What options do the two courses have? How much programming, networking, databases, theory of programming, games, graphics, AI, etc? Which of the two has the more options? Which of the two do you think you will enjoy the more? Which of the two do you think will better enable you to get where you hope to be in ten years?
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Welcome to the Ranch

I am going to repeat a question they always asked me when I had the misfortune to have to go for an interview. “Where do you think you will be in ten years' time?”



This question is easy to answer, where I want to be in 10 years is management. I would like to particularly be in project management either of software development or on the IT side of setting up and maintaining a network. I believe I can get to that point with either degree path.

The information systems program also opens up more opportunities because with that, I'd be able to manage different types of projects, not just IT (or specifically programming with Computer Science). So I would say that one is more versatile.

But I do enjoy my programming :/

So the primary dilemma (that I need to figure out) is which I would prefer to do for the next 5-10 years before I can really get into a significant management position... Hence the original question about moving into the programming field at this point in my life.
 
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I don't see why you would have any difficulty moving in to programming/development at your age. You have to make a decision; I would probably go for what I thought I would enjoy the more, but I can't make that sort of decision for you.
Many people move into project management from programming.

Also consider whether one course would provide you with more options than the other.
 
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