Should I go back to school for a master's?

Amazon wnxK34
Jul 12, 2018 12 Comments

Currently an SDE at Amazon with an undergrad degree in CS. I'm thinking about going back to school to get either a master's in CS or an MBA - I would like to move into more managerial position in the future or to accelerate my career. Does anyone have any experience with this?

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  • Facebook / Eng :,
    Get to tech lead and transition to junior manager. CS masters won't help at all with management and MBA isn't worth the opportunity cost. Plus the MBA might make you look too "management" to the engineers you'll manage. I don't think an EM actually needs any grad degree but never stop learning.
    Jul 12, 2018 0
  • Amazon TintinIn
    The only reason you should be going for a masters is if you want to focus on a particular research area-like ML/distributed systems etc .Even then a one years masters is sufficient .
    Jul 12, 2018 0
  • Amazon Pokebowl
    Get the MBA if you want to transition OUT of your current role not UP.
    Jul 12, 2018 2
    • Amazon 123raj
      So fr a techie what areas does it open up?
      Jul 12, 2018
    • Amazon Pokebowl
      Tech investment banking/consulting or venture capital assuming Stanford/Harvard/Wharton
      Jul 12, 2018
  • Amazon FumbleBuck
    If you are looking to get a masters for the purpose of becoming an SDM, don’t. Waste of time and money. It’s not necessary. If you want it for other reasons, that’s another story. I have a BS in CS and it didn’t impede my management transition in the slightest.
    Jul 12, 2018 0
  • Amazon beleeb
    It's worthless unless you want to change careers or meet people.
    Jul 12, 2018 0
  • Facebook magdallena
    Hell no. PhD only if you want to have a career in academia otherwise hell no!
    Jul 13, 2018 0
  • Revinate S6si9t
    PhD may be worthy, but master is a big no
    Jul 12, 2018 0
  • Amazon beleeb
    No
    Jul 12, 2018 0
  • Facebook / Eng Hodlor
    No
    Jul 12, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng redmirror
    How many years of experience do you have?
    Jul 12, 2018 0