I am at crossroads with my education career, and am seeking your advice.
I work full-time as a senior software engineer, and completed one semester of MSC from an unranked (for CS, decent otherwise) university. The first semester gave me 9 graduate credits, with As in all three courses. However, I found the experience to be elementary, and far from challenging.
My current position does not require an MSC degree, nor am I planning on going straight into a Ph.D. at this point in my career. My undergraduate degree is in an unrelated field - finance. I started the entire MSC project out of personal curiosity, and to gain a deeper understanding of the science behind the systems.
I am now considering transferring to an online program with a top university (in top 5 for CS). However, I have a few hesitations, particularly:
- Does the high ranking of the university signify higher qualify of the material (i.e. not completely outdated, nor dumbed down)?
- In the future, if being considered for a position with another company, could the degree being earned online, even though it is from a much more prestigious institution, hurt me?
Both of these degrees are terminal. On this note: if I ever decide to leave the corporate world, and join the academia by applying into a Ph.D. program, will any of this work be useful, or will I have to start from the beginning?