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Q: Going to grad school for a degree in Software Development, HCI, or related. ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Going to grad school for a degree in Software Development, HCI, or related.
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: rscottfree-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 16 Oct 2006 20:58 PDT
Expires: 04 Nov 2006 20:48 PST
Question ID: 774241
I'm looking for a graduate school with a program in software
engineering, software development, human-computer interaction, human
factors/usability, or related field.  These programs should emphasis
the client experience, software design and project management, user
interaction, and high-level programming.  I'm not looking for a
typical computer science major.  My focus and skill is not in the math
and physics, but rather in the high level programming, design, and
usability of software.  This degree should lead to a job in creating
graphical user interfaces, analyzing how people use computers, or
programming/developing desktop applications.  The biggest issue for me
is the price of graduate tuition.  I want the cheapest,accredited
university with the specified program.  Online programs are an option.
 The second biggest issue for me is location.  I don't want to be in a
big city.  The more rural, the better.  California is a no.  The
northwest would be ideal.  The third biggest issue is admission
requirements to the desired program.  I need a school that will admit
me with a 3.2 and only below average GRE scores.  Prestige in a school
does not matter to me.  Small is better than big.

Background on my current education if this is applicable:
I will graduate in August with a bachelor in Business Information
Systems.  I hope to have a GPA of 3.2.  I will be broke and in need of
a lot of financial help and a cheap graduate school to go to.
I want to go to graduate school in order to get the job I want in
software development/human-computer interaction.

If there is anything else you need to know, let me know.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Going to grad school for a degree in Software Development, HCI, or related.
From: journeyofthought-ga on 03 Nov 2006 17:03 PST
Most good graduate programs are competitive, and unfortunately with
grade inflation a 3.2 GPA is NOT competitive. I know you say any
school will do, but where you get a graduate degree DOES matter - if
you go to a crappy school, you will get little gain out of it as far
as job prospects. Have you considered working for a few years first?
You are much more likely to get into a "good" graduate school having
work experience with that sort of GPA.

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