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Get my second bachelor's or go for Phd?

  1. Jun 28, 2015 #1
    Hi all,

    I've asked for a lot of academic guidance before, so thanks for all the advice up to this point and going forward.

    Here's the background: I'll be graduating this coming May with a double major in mathematics and computer science. My true passion tends to lie with engineering and physics, however. I would love to work as an engineer in the space industry (e.g., SpaceX).

    Here's my question: Should I go for an engineering PhD, or should I go back and get a second bachelor's in engineering?

    Here are the details:
    Getting the engineering PhD is feasible. I've talked to a few schools and they will take you, although you have to take prerequisite courses. Other schools say they won't take you because you lack too many courses. On the other hand, getting a second bachelor's degree would prepare me well and fill in all the gaps. After the second bachelor's, I could go for a master's or PhD (provided I'm not living on crumbs at that point).

    The PhD route keeps my momentum and at least gives me a chance at getting funding, thus ostensibly reducing cost. The bachelor's route raises my cost but provides what I see as a more secure route towards a job in engineering.

    What are your thoughts?

    Thank you!
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  3. Jun 28, 2015 #2
    Only a guess, but I think it likely that commercial space industry might prefer candidates with a well established engineering skill to a brilliant theoretician.
    The simplest way to find out is contact them directly and just to ask them what they are looking for.
  4. Jun 28, 2015 #3
    That's probably true.
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