Second BS degree in IT info?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by bazonkers, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    I'm asking for someone that I know. I remember reading a short while ago about a program someone posted concerning a BS in IT degree. I remember a few details; it was designed for someone with an existing BS/BA degree and only required 30 credits to complete. I'm pretty sure it was a school in Texas. I've searched this site 10 different ways but can't find it. Any help would be appreciated!
  2. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

  3. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

  4. scubasteveiu

    scubasteveiu New Member

    that is pretty cool. I wonder how that works, specifically.
    Do you get another diploma?

    It looks like $340 an hr. This is cheap skill refinement, for sure - especially if you receive tuition reimbursement.
  5. Cyber

    Cyber New Member

    Why not consider a graduate degree (master's) instead of another undergrad degree? While i'm not sure of all the details behind why one would make such decision, here's my rationale for getting a master's rather than a second undergrad degree.
    1.) Most second bachelor's are 30 credit hrs minimum. Master's degree are in that range too.
    2.)Getting a masters in IT positions you to teach in that area versus undergrad that does not .
    3.) Potential employers will appreciate the advanced knowledge that you bring even if the position is for undergrad entry level skills. I'm sure many on this forum will agree, and even have lots of other advantages of getting a master versus 2nd bachelor degree) to add...

    In terms of cost and flexibility, Dakota State University master in information systems is a best buy. Towson University applied IT masters is another very good program although slightly higher in cost compared to DSU.

    Goodluck with your decision.
  6. Also UIS is worth a look.
  7. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    It's not for me, it's for a friend that has experience in IT but a degree in English. He's not sure he wants to take on the whole workload of a masters in IT when he has ZERO classes in the subject. His assumption is that masters degrees are supposed to build upon and advance undergraduate education in a particular subject. While that used to be the case, it seems that many have gotten away from that mindset and some masters degrees are now entry level degrees. I've given him graduate degree options like DSU but he also wanted to look at BS degrees and I thought this would be a good option.
  8. -kevin-

    -kevin- Resident Redneck

    My BA is in English and I completed it to complement my technical experience. Every management position will require the abilities to read, write, and communicate with a multitude of individuals in any number of positions. In addition, the ability to reduce technical material to a layman or non technical audience is a great asset. I've used my academics to augment, not replace, my experience. A Masters in IT may, or may not, be of benefit depending on his work experience. My personal opinion is that a more general degree serves folks better unless the individual is in a very specific field (engineering, accounting, etc...) so I would recommend an MBA or a MS in Management with a concentration if available. I'm a big fan of keeping options open.

    There are a number of graduate degrees available that have a technical emphasis, many of these will require a number of prerequisites that can often add up to the same number of credits as completing a second bachelors, so a second bachelors might be appealing from several views. The two that come to mind quickly are:

    1. An electronic HR system that uses academic requirements for a grade out question: "Do you have a Bachelors in XXX" yes or no? In thsi instance applying for a vacancy will require a "yes" or your application will automatically be found unqualified.

    2. Undergraduate work requires a lesser GPA for completion.

    Regarding the UMass BS option, take a look at the classes, while the indication is that only 30 credits are required, some of the classes have prerequisites that must be met, therefore that 30 credits can be higher.

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