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Eric,
Can you let me know how much is he programming component for the DSc courses? I have a bachelors degree in Engineering and do not fancy myself as a programmer and was wondering how much do I have to catch up in order to be successful at the program.

Best of luck in your studies.

Thanks,
Riz.

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@Riz:

The programming component is very light, so far. Actually, As far as I can tell, there is no programming in any courses in the Decision Support and Knowledge Management Specialty.

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Thanks Eric, you made my decision to go in for the program a lot easier.

Riz

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Eric, I'm about to start a Masters in System Engineering at Penn State, but starting to question whether or not I really want to go that direction. My long term goal is to earn a D.Sc. or PhD in a computer related field. I'm looking very closely at this program. I have a BSCS degree with 3.4 GPA, but don't have a Masters degree under my belt yet. I wonder if it would be wise to finish a Masters in Info Systems or Info Security first or just go for it and jump right into the Doctorate program? What do… Read more »

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Hi Casey – At many universities you can join the Doctorate program and earn a Master's along the way to finishing the doctorate. If i were you, I'd look at programs that let you earn the MS on the way to a Ph.D. It makes things better for you if you decide the doctorate isn't for you…at least you get the MS during the journey.

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Hi Casey – At many universities you can join the Doctorate program and earn a Master's along the way to finishing the doctorate. If i were you, I'd look at programs that let you earn the MS on the way to a Ph.D. It makes things better for you if you decide the doctorate isn't for you…at least you get the MS during the journey.

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It looks like the whole MSIS degree is pretty much required for the D.Sc. program right? So maybe a good plan would be to finish MSIS first, and then enroll in the D.Sc. program. It looks like 10 or 11 courses are required for MSIS, and then an addition 12 courses for the D.Sc. I'm strongly considering switching gears and enrolling in the MSIS program, but I'm waiting on some answers to question regarding tuition. I have several options to pay tuition (i.e. GI Bill), but trying to see how flexible they are with how to pay. Thanks for any… Read more »

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I think the MSIS plan is the right way to go. You have to take the courses anyway so why not get a MS along the way.

I don't think tuition should be a problem…they are a brick and mortar institution that is used to accepted GI Bill and other government payments.

Let me know how it goes.

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