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Master's degree in engineering: is it worth it?

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pakmingki2
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Feb20-08, 01:10 PM
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will a master's degree in any engineering field really give you a significant advantasge in the job market?

does it vary for different disciplines of engineering?
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Feb20-08, 01:49 PM
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Well in Civil Engineering most people just stay with their Bachelor's, althought in the near future having a Master is going to be the norm, so i say go ahead and get one, too.
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Feb20-08, 03:17 PM
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Master's degrees are often prerequisites for some of the most interesting kinds of engineering jobs. On the other hand, you can find employment just fine with only a bachelor's.

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Feb20-08, 04:24 PM
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Master's degree in engineering: is it worth it?

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Master's degrees are often prerequisites for some of the most interesting kinds of engineering jobs. On the other hand, you can find employment just fine with only a bachelor's.

- Warren
what kind of jobs would be the more interesting jobs?
Like, for cheme or ee, what would be some of the jobs exclusive to those with a masters?
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Feb20-08, 04:34 PM
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Well, as a design engineer, you might need a master's to get real consideration for jobs involving mission critical applications like life support (implantable medical devices), space exploration, etc.

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Feb20-08, 05:02 PM
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just curious if there is a big difference in salary of bs and masters
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Feb20-08, 05:08 PM
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Yep. Usually it's about a 20% difference.

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Feb20-08, 05:45 PM
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Note, 20% in exchange for 2 years (200%) means 10 years to make up the difference. At which point you have 10 years experience as an engineer which will decrease the margin. Round that down a bit for whatever you're making in grad school...it's really just an estimate anyway.

So the best reason to do it is because of your interests, not money.
huckmank
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Feb20-08, 08:44 PM
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20% is not a big enough difference to justify it monetarily. It's nothing like the difference between a BSEE and JD (100-200%).

Do it if it interests you, but I don't know of too many of my friends going on to get their masters for the income bump.
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Feb20-08, 10:54 PM
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From my understanding, a Master's in CivE goes further than a master's in another engineering discipline.
Asphodel
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Feb21-08, 04:41 AM
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Sure, if you want to do civil engineering. It's probably not so helpful if you want to play with electronics.
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Feb21-08, 12:14 PM
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Quote Quote by huckmank View Post
20% is not a big enough difference to justify it monetarily. It's nothing like the difference between a BSEE and JD (100-200%).

Do it if it interests you, but I don't know of too many of my friends going on to get their masters for the income bump.
What is a BSEE and JD?
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Feb21-08, 01:04 PM
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Engineering Bachelor's & Law Degree

The research the latter gets you into isn't exactly what I had in mind when I signed up for this ride.


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