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Get Your IT Degree and Get Ahead,9780072126051

Get Your IT Degree and Get Ahead

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/1/2000
Publisher(s): MCGRAW HILL BOOK COMPANY
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Summary

This complete guide is aimed at IT professionals looking to improve their careers and increase their salaries. In an easy-to-use format, this book highlights information students need to know about the top 200 schools in the United States, such as what each offers, how much a degree will cost, if it can be done online, and what the prerequisites are. 20 line illustrations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x
Introduction xi
Part I What You Need to Know About Your IT Education
An Introduction to the World of IT
3(8)
So What, Exactly, Is IT?
4(3)
The Jobs Are Out There!
7(2)
If There Are So Many Jobs Out There, Do I Really Need a Degree?
9(1)
The Next Step
10(1)
Frequently Asked Questions
11(16)
Can I really get a great job fresh out of school?
12(1)
How much will a degree cost?
12(1)
Is funding available?
13(1)
Do I really need a degree? Isn't certification enough?
13(1)
What are the hottest jobs in IT?
13(1)
How much money can I expect to make?
14(1)
Which field should I choose?
15(1)
Do I have to take entrance exams? How hard are they?
15(1)
How important is accreditation? How can I tell if a school is properly accredited?
16(1)
I have a full-time job. How can I take time off to earn a degree?
17(1)
Am I too old to start on this course of study?
17(1)
Is IT a ``boys' club''? How hard is it for a woman to break in? To succeed?
18(1)
I'm physically disabled. Will this affect my ability to get a degree?
19(1)
My bachelor's degree is in a nontechnical field. Will that affect my ability to get into a master's program in IT?
20(1)
I just don't love math. Will this hold me back?
21(1)
Will a bachelor's degree be enough, or do I need a master's?
21(1)
Is a master's degree enough, or do I need to go on and get a doctorate?
22(1)
I don't have an undergraduate degree, but I'd rather enroll in a master's program. Is that possible?
22(1)
I'm interested in the business of IT. Would an MBA be better for me than a tech-focused master's degree?
23(1)
Can I do my degree online? Will employers accept an online degree?
24(1)
Is there any downside to online study?
24(1)
Will my skills go out of date? How can I guard against this?
25(2)
Researching and Applying to an Undergraduate Program
27(16)
Reality Check: Is This the Right Field for You?
28(4)
Picking a School
32(1)
High School Students: An Action Timeline
33(4)
Entrance Exams
37(2)
Entrance Essays
39(1)
Returning to School As an Adult
40(1)
Special Focus: International Students
41(2)
Researching and Applying to a Graduate School
43(20)
Reality Check: Why Go to Grad School?
44(1)
Choosing the Right Graduate Program
45(5)
Preadmission Timetable
50(3)
Entrance Exams
53(2)
The Personal Statement
55(4)
Letters of Recommendation
59(1)
Returning to School As an Adult
59(1)
Special Focus: International Students
60(3)
Understanding Degrees and Specializations
63(18)
Undergraduate Degrees
64(3)
Graduate Degrees
67(4)
The Project, the Thesis, and the Comprehensive Examination
71(1)
Areas of Study and Specialization
72(8)
How to Use This Information
80(1)
Financial Aid Demystified
81(28)
Will You Definitely Need Financial Aid?
82(1)
What Kind of Financial Aid Is Available?
82(1)
Financial Aid Timelines
83(4)
Is There Financial Aid Available for Older Students?
87(1)
A Note on Timing
87(2)
What About Scholarship Search Services and Financial Aid Consultants?
89(1)
Financial Aid Forms
90(1)
Federal Financial Aid Programs
91(3)
State Financial Aid
94(7)
Getting Money from Private Sources
101(6)
Summary: Dos and Don'ts
107(2)
Going Back to School As an Adult
109(14)
You Are Not Alone
110(1)
Advantages of Returning to School As an Adult
111(5)
Some Important Questions Adult Students Are Asking
116(7)
Using the Internet to Your Advantage
123(12)
Using the Internet for Research
124(5)
Applying to Schools on the Internet
129(1)
Studying Online
130(5)
The Importance of Accreditation
135(14)
Why Are Fake Schools Allowed to Operate?
136(1)
What Is Accreditation?
137(1)
How Does a School Become Accredited?
138(1)
Regional Accreditation
139(2)
The Special Case of National Accreditation
141(1)
Professional Accreditation
142(4)
How to Use This Information in Making Your Decision
146(3)
Working with Your Employer
149(8)
Getting Time Off to Study
150(1)
Will Your Boss Pay for Your Degree?
150(3)
Okay, You Have the Degree. Now What?
153(3)
Moving On
156(1)
Credit for Prior Learning
157(8)
Life Experience (Portfolio) Credit
158(1)
Credit by Examination
159(2)
Other Ways of Earning Credit
161(4)
Part II Where to Go for Your IT Degree: The Best Colleges and Universities
The Top 199 IT Schools in the U.S.
165(296)
What You See Under the School's Name
166(261)
Part III Appendices
Appendix A Geographic Index: Schools by State
427(4)
Appendix B Subject Index
431(12)
Appendix C Top Picks
443(6)
Appendix D Resources
449(12)
Glossary 461(6)
Index 467

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