What Type of Technology Graduate Program is Right For You?
Graduate degrees in Technology range from administration and analysis to engineering, computer science, and visual arts. With all the choices out there, how does one actually choose between a graduate program in computer science, computer engineering or information technology?
Do I Need a Graduate Degree in Computer and Technology Fields?
There are some areas where a Bachelor’s of Science suffices. And then there are others where a graduate degree is required. Here is some recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- The majority of computer and information research scientists need a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field, such as computer engineering[iii].
- Employers of network architects sometimes prefer applicants to have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems[iv]
- Some employers prefer to hire Computer Systems Analysts who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems, or for technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more relevant[v].
- Organizations with large databases may prefer applicants who have a master’s degree focusing on data or database management, typically either in computer science, information systems, or information technology[vi].
- Information security analysts who have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems are often preferred.[vii]
- Chief technology officers often have an MBA in an area related to their field[viii]
Take Away? Do some legwork by checking what the most appropriate academic path is for you. Use the ‘request info’ button to submit your questions or get in touch with a guidance counselor.
The Different Program Levels: Masters, Doctorate, Certificate
Once you have refined your search enough to know what specific field beyond the general ‘Technology Graduate Programs’ click through to view the program level you need, or are planning ahead for.
Masters Degrees in Technology are often designated Master of Science (e.g. MS in Cyber Security with a Concentration in IT Management, MS in Computer Science), Master of Business Administration (e.g. MBA –Information Systems & Knowledge Management, MBA-Management of Engineering and Technology) or Master of Arts (e.g. Master of Fine Arts in Art of Game Design).
Doctorate Degrees in Technology range from the Doctor of Philosophy (e.g. PhD in Technology, PhD in Computer Science) to the Doctor of Business Administration (e.g. DBA in Applied Computer Science)
Graduate Certificates often take your education to a focused place by providing specific skill-sets (e.g. Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, Graduate Certificate: Computer Science Software Design & Development)