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What's better: Computer engineering degree or MBA in CIS?

Which is worth more -- a computer engineering degree from a top 100 private engineering school or an MBA in CIS from a somewhat reputed business school? I am a senior at Polytechnic University in New York in compE. We have an astonishing rate of failure in math courses, and I still have about eight credits to go in two semesters. Because of poor grades in math, I have around a 2.6 GPA. I was thinking of changing schools and getting a design-your-own degree in IT from City University of NY (I had a 3.5 GPA there before I transferred to Poly), and then work on an MBA in CIS at Baruch College, which is a very well-reputed business school in the city. Baruch also costs one-fifth the price I am paying right now. Please advise! I am really worried about my future given the current job market.

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I'm not sure I have enough information available to me to answer your question. If I were in your shoes, I would look carefully at job postings and classified ads and try to talk to a technical recruiter and get an answer to your question targeted at your chosen work locale (which sounds like the NYC metro area, by default). Generally, though, a master's is worth more than a bachelor's, as long as there's work in a field strongly related to the degree. Do some localized analysis, and look at job opportunities for MBAs versus those for computer engineering. Then you can make your decision. Good luck!

This was first published in September 2003

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