learning IxD in school: is a master's degree necessary?
14 Mar 2005 - 10:12pm
10 years ago
I am planning to pursue a career in interaction design and am looking for some
advice about how much master's degrees are valued in industry.
A few questions:
1) Do you look for a master's degree when selecting people for IxD- and
HCI-related jobs at your company?
2) Is a "professional" master's degree (just coursework) looked on just as
highly as a regular master's degree, which includes research?
3) How much does the name of the school matter out in industry?
I've received admission to a Canadian school where I would complete a research
master's in HCI, with coursework and a thesis, as well as admission to a
professional master's program in the U.S. where I'd simply complete coursework.
I'm basically trying to figure out if the (massive) debt I'd incur by taking
the professional master's route would be worthwhile in the long run.
I'd be grateful for any advice/insight you can give me! I haven't been keeping
up with list traffic for the past few months so hopefully I'm not repeating a
past question here. :)