Masters worth it with a well paying SWE job already?
I triple majored in college with Accounting, Finance, and Management Information Systems. Felt all that shit was boring so I pivoted to software development, which I very much enjoy. I never got a CS degree.
I spent a very long year getting my ass handed to me working long hours for no pay and eventually landed a job at a reputable high frequency trading firm working my way up to a C++ developer. Right now I’m on year 3 of my career in my mid 20s and I’ve never really given what I want to do from here much thought.
I’m constantly bombarded by recruiters, a few who throw big numbers at me like 300k-600k TC, though I’m being hit with a bit of imposter syndrome as that seems unfathomable.
That’s where the masters degree comes in. I recently found an online course provided by the University of Texas, a top 10 CS school, and was thinking about doing it.
So my question is, with my background would a masters in CS be worth my time or should I just leetcode like a madman? I’ll add that I find a large amount of the appeal in a masters to be the knowledge aspect, though I’m not about to trade in what will likely be all of my time if it’s a moot point in terms of financial gain, and will likely explore other free and more specialized avenues.
If I were going to do the masters I’d do it while remaining employed.
TC 150k YOE 3 SWE