Is a nearly free masters degree worth it?
August 15, 2012 1:33 PM Subscribe
Can get a bioinformatics masters degree for nearly free - should I do it?
posted by sunshine37 to Education (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have a job that I enjoy and that pays well. I have no plans to leave anytime soon. As part of my benefit package, I can take classes at the college where I work, basically for free. Complicating factors: I am at a remote campus, so I really only have the choice of online classes (limited) and while the classes are free, I do have to pay taxes on the amount, which will end up being around $2000 a year that is automatically taken out of my paycheck over 2 months. I applied to a Master of Engineering program with a specialization in Bioinformatics and have taken 2 classes so far. My question is, is this worth my time and money? It looks like to get any sort of job in the field, I would need a PhD, which I would have to quit my job to get and don't particularly want. I started the program "for fun" and because it was basically free, but now I'm wondering if it's worth it. It's interesting material, but I'm not sure if the time and money are worth it. Basically, all I will have after 3 years is a piece of paper. I am open to looking for a job in this field after I get my degree but everything I've seen requires a PhD. There are no other online programs that interest me. Basically, is having a masters degree worth it?