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I'm not all that impressed with online BS grads knowledge, but unfortunately that could be because most of them don't offer real degrees ala my last entry.

Most of the CS-style degrees seem to be more along the lines of certificate-mill collections where people memorize, regurgitate and advance.

What I really question, though, is the online MS degrees.

A Masters? Really? Only one year (9 months, really) after receiving your Bachelors? And while working full-time? That could explain why your thesis reads more like a freshman term paper.

I've met a couple people who I could believe it, but they had 10+ years experience in the field and were already published before getting their online MS.

A Master's should *MEAN* something, damn it!

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  • What types of schools are you seeing online degrees from? I'm starting to see some of the major state schools offer online degrees in engineering related fields. I think over the next 10 years or so it'll become more and more common. I've got to say I agree with you about the people with B.S. degrees. I wouldn't hire most of the people I went to school with.
    • by chill (34294)

      Biggies seem to be:

      Strayer University
      University of Phoenix
      American Intercontinental University

      I think Strayer was popular in my case because they are big in Virginia and I'm hiring in Washington, DC area.

      • by Spazmania (174582)

        The University of Phoenix has about 8 local operations in the vicinity of DC. They also rent the classrooms to companies that want to do training and don't have the needed office space.

        • by chill (34294)

          Yeah, they're like that all over. I remember local offices in both Chicago and Spokane when I was there.

          You have to take their first class, and every few exams, in person. Most of the rest can be done online.

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