Dual Master Degrees - Worth it?

In summary, the speaker is considering getting a second masters degree in systems engineering in addition to their current masters in electrical engineering and graduate certificate in systems engineering. They estimate that it would only require four more classes, with an average of 2 hours and 40 minutes of class time per week. The cost for the additional four classes would be around $5,100, which the speaker is unsure if they can justify. They mention that their bachelors degree in electrical engineering was barely worth it and cost them $20,000, but it did help them qualify for a new job with a higher salary.
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YoshiMoshi
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Does anyone here have a masters degree in engineering, and then a second one in systems engineering ?

I'm considering it because I can get help with the costs. I do systems engineering on electrical systems. So I see some possible advantages to getting both. I already have a masters in engineering in electrical engineering and currently working on a graduate certificate in systems engineering. If I were to upgrade the certificate to a full blown masters, it would only be four more classes.

Thanks for all the help.
 
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YoshiMoshi said:
it would only be four more classes.
How many hours of "class time" is a "class".
 
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It ranges, but normally about 2 hours 40 minutes a week of actual class, then homework. How much homework you get is dependent on the class.
 
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YoshiMoshi said:
2 hours 40 minutes a week
How many weeks? In some places a class is full year, other places 3 months.
 
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I'm in the USA, do a class is one semester long about 15 weeks if I recall. Even with my company help, the extra four classes would cost me about $5,100 of my own money (total after taking the extra four classes) I wouldn't directly get paid back for from tuition assistance program at my company.
 
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I only have my bachelors degree in electrical engineering... I can barely (forcefully) justify a masters degree just because I want one.
 
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Yea a Masters degree, at least for me, in electrical engineering, was barley worth it to me. Cost me $20k of my own money. I had to just get the money back on my investment, and applied to another job, and the fact that I had the degree defiantly helped and qualified me for the job, and gave me a bit of a pay bump.
 

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