December 08, 2000, 11:35 AM — The basics
Who offers it: Many four-year colleges and universities offer a form of technical
Prerequisites: Admissions requirements vary by institution.
Requirements: A bachelor's degree, followed by two years of full-time study,
increased field specialization, and completion of thesis.
Cost per year for full-time students:
Average private college - $22,102
Average public university - $8,986
Percent of IT professionals whose companies offer tuition reimbursement - 76.7%
Typical areas of specialization
What people are saying
"If [IT professionals get a technical master's degree], many times it's in computer
science or an MBA with an emphasis in computer systems. A lot of your master's degrees
in Electrical Engineering are engineers. A lot of [Master of Science in Computer
Sciences degree-holders] are engineers, also. They might be software development
executives, not IT executives."
-- Linda Planting, executive recruiter, Planting & Associates, Los Altos,
Percent of IT professionals with a master's degree(*)
Senior management - 45.3%
Middle management - 36.2%
Staff - 24.7%
Percent with a master's degree in computer science(**)
Senior management - 7.1%
Middle management - 12.3%
Staff - 8.2%
Percent with a master's degree in another technical area(**)
Senior management - 9.0%
Middle management - 11.9%
Staff - 9.3%
U.S. Department of Education - www.ed.gov
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(*) Of the 93.5 percent of respondents who reported holding any degree. (**) Of
respondents who reported having a bachelor's degree or higher.