Recently I have been pondering whether to get a Master's degree and if so then which degree should I get. Initially I thought I should get my degree in Information Systems or Computer Science. I also thought about being the "big boss" in a company for which I may need a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
With IT being commoditized and being outsourced, I decided that I don't want to get a master's degree in Information Systems or Computer Science. It's so Y2K mindset. Instead I am strongly considering getting a master's in Systems Engineering. I believe Systems Engineering will provide me the tools to excel in the future. I don't see IT being the way it is now in ten to twenty years. I could get two hundred or more certificates from Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, CISCO and worry about renewing my certs every few years or get a degree in Information Systems and morph into a nice comfy paper pushing employee. Neither career appeals to me. MBA sounds great but I don't want to spend $40,000 and more and end up being a mid level manager. I will go for an MBA if the program is right. Currently getting a MBA from non reputable college is not my view of career advancement.
So. I have decided to pursue a master's in Systems Engineering. After getting some insight into couple of complex systems like the National Incident Management System (NIMS) or National Airspace System (NAS), I believe this would be a fascinating domain to study in and it will equip me to do my current job better. Please feel free to comment and tell me how you feel about my decision.