CMU or GA Tech online MS CS in ML?

Bloomberg 89103107
Jul 23 30 Comments

CMU rank: 1

CMU cost: $49k, plus 16 months of full time study without income

GA Tech rank: 9

GA Tech cost: $5k, while working full time and not foregoing any income.

The ML courses look quite similar in both universities.

NOTE: Georgia Tech's online MS in CS with the ML specialization consists of exactly the same courses as the full time in-person MS CS program.

Assuming you were admitted to both programs and wanted to pursue an MS in ML, which would you pick?

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  • Google / Eng pumaupma
    Online courses in ml are a scam. Sure they'll help you learn that new js framework - but learning a new field from scratch needs time.
    Jul 23 9
    • Microsoft idknbd
      You get essentially the same interaction. It is literally the same degree. I did the traditional on campus MS but would have done online if it were possible
      Jul 23
    • Bloomberg 89103107
      OP
      Compare these pages:

      omscs.gatech.edu/specialization-machine-learning

      cc.gatech.edu/future/masters/mscs

      cc.gatech.edu/three-year-course-outline

      The courses are the same, except for the bolded additional courses offered in the OMSCS program. Thus if one doesn't take any of the bolded courses in OMSCS or pursue the thesis or project option in the regular MSCS, the curricula are exactly the same. Both require 30 credits.

      In fact, the OMSCS requirements look more stringent because they don't permit any sub 6000 level courses, whereas the MSCS does.
      Jul 23
    • Google nanithefu
      As someone in GA Techs MSCS program I can tell you the courses are no joke. Pulled a couple of very late nights for reinforcement learning this summer but learned a ton. The program can be very challenging or very easy depending on which courses you take.
      Jul 23
    • Google NSFW4
      RL during the summer ... You are a beast. Same material with four less weeks
      Jul 23
    • New / Strategy
      Porsche996

      New Strategy

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      Porsche996more
      I don't know but I read Ian cover to cover. Most coursework wants you to use libraries which I somewhat hate. YMMV.
      Jul 23
  • The Home Depot FPQk51
    My coworker did the online MSCS in ML course from GA Tech and now works in ML at a FAANG.
    Jul 24 2
    • Google / Eng fsck
      As a researcher or just a SWE?
      Jul 24
    • The Home Depot FPQk51
      SWE. I mean I think that’s where he wanted to be anyway.
      Jul 24
  • Bloomberg 89103107
    OP
    To those who picked CMU - why?
    Jul 24 2
    • New / Eng
      sriv123

      New Eng

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      sriv123more
      You'll get job offers in research or SWE ML way before you finish your master's, the CMU name in ML is very attractive for FAANG, a good friend of mine finished his MS in ML there and got offered the ability to build his own team at Google on ML
      Aug 4
    • Chegg snt124
      I mean you are just attributing that to the CMU degree which is unlikely to be true. Your friend was likely just an outstanding candidate... and not chosen to do that because google was blown away by his masters from CMU

      Georgia tech is a top 10 school in CS and ML

      Is that difference (CMU vs gtech) worth $50k + full time commitment? Prob not
      Aug 11
  • Oath Atinlay2
    How many times are you going to ask this?

    Check out this post! "Possible to pursue GA Tech online MS CS while working at Google? (Tech Careers)"
    https://us.teamblind.com/s/EpzJdoz6
    Jul 23 3
    • Bloomberg 89103107
      OP
      This is a totally different question. Can you read?
      Jul 23
    • Oath Atinlay2
      I can! Thanks for keeping your stereotype in check. They exist for a reason
      Jul 23
    • Bloomberg 89103107
      OP
      What stereotype?
      Jul 23
  • Cie Digital / Eng Apollon
    Is CMU also a terminal degree? If it is, pick GA tech.
    Jul 23 2
    • Google / Eng pumaupma
      What do you mean a terminal degree
      Jul 23
    • Cie Digital / Eng Apollon
      A terminal master is one you cannot use to advance to Ph.D. Typically it’s less research heavy.
      Jul 23
  • Amazon / Eng Q.E.D.
    Why do you want a masters? Is it because you are interested in learning more and willing to pay a lot to do so? If not then I don’t know why you would be taking it because it’s not the best way to move up in this industry
    Jul 23 1
    • Bloomberg 89103107
      OP
      I want to transition into an ML SWE role without taking a pay cut or moving to a lesser company. $5k is cheap, especially when the company pays for it
      Jul 24
  • F5 Networks wombat-
    OMSCS is a massively tough program. If you are willing to study 40 hours plus per week while working full time, go for the online version
    Jul 23 0
  • Nutanix 1adja134
    Why don’t you take part in kaggle?
    Jul 23 1
    • Bloomberg 89103107
      OP
      I have, some. Is that a better path to becoming a ML SWE than getting a MS CS in ML, assuming that at best I place in the top 10%? Why or why not?
      Jul 24
  • Wait, OP. CMU offers online master now? Can you share the info link?
    Jul 23 1
    • Google / Eng pumaupma
      It's in person.
      Jul 23

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