My personal motivation is to "complete" my higher education, which is going to be a first in my direct family. My career motivation is to boost my résumé as I seek to move to the US.
I'm not sure so sure about doing a PhD, so it is interesting to
have to opportunity to join one after my masters. One conflicting
point is that I do not plan to stop working, so I may give up
chasing a PhD and complete a masters without a final thesis.
Higher education in my home country works somewhat differently
from the US higher education, so here are some useful notes.
They usually require undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 (75%). Some
institutions may differ, like only considering the last two years
of your undergrad course.
It's possible to complete the masters without a thesis or project
(course-only route). This is sometimes referred as a professional
Professional masters in computer science may not have the "of Science" in the name, so you may come by MSCS and MCS, where MCS implies a course-only route, but the MSCS may have a course-only route.
The University of Georgia began offering OMSCS around 2014 and
reached Wikipedia status. Other universities offers OMSCS's (or
OMCS's) and they hit around 10k USD with some degrees reaching
The good part about those OMSCS is that the O will probably be
omitted in diploma, so it is the same as a MCS(* except that you
can't get a work permit after completing it).
Good grades (>= 75%) during undergrad plus 2 or more
recommendations letters (RL) are usually requested. By my current
research, RLs from professors are the way to go if you just got
out of undergrad and RLs from supervisors are the way to go if you
completed university long ago.
Non US-resident people usually are required to have some proof of
English Proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL usually).
The main goal here is to judge if you can complete the masters,
so exceptions may apply.
30 to 32 classes credits which correlates to 8-10 courses
depending on the University. Classes offered may be a criteria in
choosing which uni to attend.
Because it is online, there are more students and probably a more
well maintained "parallel" infrastructure (courses rating, helpful
material, people to get help from and so on).
This allows us to have a more clear view of each degree before
applying to it.
With 8-10 classes and a FTE working schedule, expected time to
complete it is around 2-3 years. Probably 2 to 3 hard but required
courses and the rest can be selected according with the desire of
It's also important to understand the university calendar. They
may impose limits on the number of courses per term and may have
offering in the summer.
Having a thesis may be a requirement to enter in a PhD and by
default those courses are not going to require you to do a thesis.
The catch is that some of them probably do not have even the
option. So if a PhD is later desired, getting information about
its requirements is a must.
I do not know how hard it is to keep Work and Study life balanced
and healthy. But like many, I'll learn along the way.
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