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MS: ECE at Duke or MSIT-ESE at CMU?


RebeccaCheng
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Hello everyone! I am an undergraduate in electrical engineering major. Recently I have got some MS admissions. I am considering CMU and Duke now and have difficulty in making a choice. :wacko:  :wacko:  :wacko:  I really hope you can give me some advice.

 

MSIT-ESE (Master of Science in Information Technology - Embedded Software Engineering) is a 16-month joint program held by ECE department and the School of Computer Science's Institute for Software Research (ISR). Core courses: 17-653 Managing Software Development17-654 Analysis of Software Artifacts17-655 Architectures for Software Systems

technical courses: 18-648 Embedded Real-Time Systems 18-649 Distributed Embedded Systems distant teaching: introduction to computer systems. 4 elective courses can be chosen from CS core courses.

It seems a lot more suitable for software engineers who had 1-5 years work experience. I just wonder whether it would be proper for me.

 

Duke University  ECE program MS

30 credits required for graduation. 12 credits (4 courses) should be chosen from ECE courses. 18 credits (6 courses)can be chosen from CS courses.

 

I want to find a job in software development after finishing my master's degree. I think it is important to take good courses to improve my skills in coding and projects. At the same time, job opportunity is essential. CMU has a great reputation in CS but my program is not a CS program. At Duke students have bigger space to choose courses but I do not really know much about its reputation.

 

Thanks a lot for reading and sincerely waiting for your suggestions. :):D  :D 

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How do costs compare? CMU is top notch in CS... I don't think it will matter much that you're program isn't technically in CS. When you go to search for a job, recruiters for software development jobs will notice the CMU name either way. I doubt they will care which department your degree is from. They will just assume that you received terrific software development education.

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How do costs compare? CMU is top notch in CS... I don't think it will matter much that you're program isn't technically in CS. When you go to search for a job, recruiters for software development jobs will notice the CMU name either way. I doubt they will care which department your degree is from. They will just assume that you received terrific software development education.

For tuition, CMU $21,204*4semesters=$84,816

Duke $23,795*3semesters+$2,765*3credits=$79,680

both expensiveT T

Yes, I think CMU can help a lot to get recruiters to give a look at my resume.. Actually I just want to make sure I could get "terrific software development education" as you said and really own those skills. My undergraduate major is Electrical Engineering so I think I need to take more CS courses to get a solid fundation for a software job. Well, it seems things depend on myself?

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