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Is graduate program without funding at University of Wisconsin Madison right for me?


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I didn't get any research exposure in my undergrad. I have been working as a application developer for over 2 years now. I have received an admit for Professional Masters Program at University of Wisconsin Madison (Same masters but without funding). I am not sure what my computer science area of interest is. I seem to have a positive inclination towards AI/ML mostly because my friends were working on it in undergrad. I seem to have a negative impression on Systems because of the way my undergrad professors taught and de-motivated us saying it's not right to join industry.

 

I want to pursue masters with interest, not for the sake of getting an entry to the US. I am not keen on investing time and money on a program which is not good for someone looking to explore different areas without a specific area in mind.

So I'm confused now whether to pursue after getting an admit. Request inputs from seniors.

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A professional master's in engineering (M.Eng, or its equivalent in CS) isn't funded because the degree requires little to no research; it's primarily course-based + might include projects. However, afaik, one may conduct research with a faculty member if he/she wishes and get funded w/ RA. These degrees are usually for professional development.

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