Grad school or a second bachelors?

<p>I graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in business administration and have been studying for the GRE's and GMAT's to apply to some programs for the fall of 2012. I'm not sure exactly what field of study I want to go into yet, but I've been considering a computer related field like computer science, software engineering, IT, etc. Every graduate program I've found requires a bachelor's in computer science, mathematics, or some other related field. </p>

<p>Would I be better off forgetting about a computer related graduate degree and focus on something business related like accounting or economics, or would it be possible to get another bachelor's in a couple of years? And would I be able to do something like that online? I'm only 23, but I'd feel a little weird going back to a classroom setting with undergrads again.</p>

<p>Hate to burst your bubble, but you won’t get into any computer related graduate program worth its salt. Before you proceed, you should find out what you really want to do.</p>

<p>Also, any MBA program worth its salt will require extensive work experience. When it comes to MBA programs, a top 10 school is what you want. Anything less is a waste of time.</p>

<p>If you’re serious about computers, then you’ll have to pay your dues and go for another bachelors. It will probably take you at least 3+ more years because your background is business. Science and engineering courses tend to be sequential and build on top of each other. It’s not like business courses. </p>

<p>IMO, online courses are a waste of time. They carry virtually “zero” weight with employers.</p>

<p>You’re not bursting my bubble. I know I can’t get into a computer grad program, that’s why I’m looking for suggestions. I also have no desire to apply to an MBA program at this point. My top choices right now are either a masters in accounting or economics, or going the computer route and doing a second bachelors. I have no idea how the application process works for something like that so I guess I’ll have to do my research and see if it’s even feasible or common practice for schools to let in 23 year old undergrads.</p>

<p>Are you working now?</p>

<p>Okay. </p>

<p>I’ll tell you what I did. I once got a bachelor’s in business administration too. But I didn’t like the job options that were available to me. So in my late 20’s, I applied at a major university as a postbaccalaureate student to work on a second bachelor’s in the sciences. Was it worth it? Heck yes. </p>

<p>If you’re serious about computers, you’ll have to do the same. Don’t worry about your age. At the large public university that I attended, undergrads came in all ages.</p>

<p>Just make sure that if you do apply for postbaccalaureate status, write a great letter explaining why they should take you.</p>

<p>Regardless of what you decide, good luck.</p>

<p>Cool, thanks for posting your experience. </p>

<p>And yes I am working, as an accountant for a small company. I have no student loans, and enough cash saved up to pay for whatever advanced schooling I do in cash so I think it’s a good time for me to go back.</p>

<p>What are your professional goals? Graduate programs in computer science typically require an undergraduate computer science degree, but graduate programs in information technology are often targeted at students from non-science backgrounds. See Penn’s Master’s program in [Computer</a> and Information Technology](<a href=“Master of Computer and Information Technology”>Master of Computer and Information Technology), for example.</p>

<p>Thanks for the link to that Penn program, it looks great. It’s actually looking like one of the strongest options at this point.</p>

<p>You have many strong options, especially if you are interested in IT! To name a few more, both Berkeley and NYU require only a single programming course for admission into their IT Master’s program. I found those in less than 5 minutes with Google, and I assume that there are many more minimal-prerequisites IT programs out there.</p>

<p>@ b@r!um, NYU doesn’t have an IT master’s program.</p>

<p>You are right, they don’t have an IT Master’s program. But they do have Graduate IT Certificates and a Master’s Program focusing on the interface between IT and business: [Programs</a> in Management and Information Technology | New York University - SCPS](<a href=“Page Not Found | SPS”>Page Not Found | SPS)</p>

<p>To be honest, the six-course IT certificate probably teaches more employable skills than most undergraduate CS majors.</p>