I currently work as a business analyst for a fortune 500 company. I work for a group of executives/managers as a layer between them and data analysts/dbas, advising them on how to access/retrieve data, manage visualizations, setup dashboards, etc. I write SQL queries and work with the microsoft BI stack. I plan to get the MCSA + MCSE BI certification over the next year. It is my goal to become an expert in all things data related from the business side, but with all the knowledge needed to be IT-competent, from databases themselves, to end user creations, understanding business need, and creating deliverables for business users using a variety of tools (Microsoft BI, Tableau, Qlikview, Cognos, etc). Eventually I could see myself being a consultant. I figure a masters degree will help me with this. I've been looking around. I'm looking primarily at online degrees as I am not fond of most of the local offerings (I'm in Dallas, by the way). First thing I noticed are these "data science" degrees popping up. Wow, are they expensive! Most of them seem to be $40-$60k for a 1-2 year program. Then, on the other end of the spectrum, you have Dakota State, Minot State, Fort Hayes, etc, who offer programs where the entire completion is $9-$12k for a masters in Information Systems. In the case of Dakota State, it looks like you could also get the doctoral version for an extra $20k or so and three years of study. Not sure if I'd ever want to do that, but nice to have the option. At the same time, Georgia Tech's offering will become very interesting once the pilot is over. A $7k degree from Georgia Tech. I'm fairly technical, despite that my undergraduate degree is in economics. I have a firm math foundation, and the idea of programming does not frighten me. I have rudimentary knowledge of C, and can do most basic tasks in Python. Two years ago or so I was offered a programming job based on a proctored programming test which used visual basic. I turned it down though as it was a major relocation and didn't fit very well with my long term plan (and I hate visual basic). So, these myriad of "information" degrees is confusing. Part of me says: Do Minot State...it'll be pretty easy. Done in a year or so. Cost $9k...great on the resume, right? Its a state university, so will look legitimate even if not super high end. I think Dakota State is more difficult, slightly more expensive, yet seems like I might get more out of it. And then the other part of me wants to go all out for one of the high end $60k "Big Data" degrees. But in the end, If I drop that much on a degree, I will be very upset if it doesn't pay off in a big way. Anyone else given these degrees much though, or have any insight?