Part-Time Graduate Degree

CARL ANDERSON
"GETTING A GRADUATE DEGREE GOING PART-TIME"

BACKGROUND
After graduation, he moved to Chicago to work for a start-up where he learned about Linux and systems programming.  Later, he moved to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where he worked in a production support group. 

Despite being happy in his professional career and prospective future, Carl desired continued classroom education.

DECIDING TO GET A GRADUATE DEGREE
Carl craved the classroom environment and felt his undergraduate courses were only interesting at the highest levels.

At times, he found himself reading computer science books for fun and programming as a hobby. At that point, he decided it was time to take his education, his passion for learning and hobby of computer science to the next level.

DECIDING ON THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Carl had an easy decision to choose UChicago. His wife was already PhD student and they lived in Hyde Park.  He considered Northwestern University and DePaul, but was more familiar with the University due to the social events he’d attended with his wife.   Carl also knew that the University of Chicago was a big name that carried a lot of weight in the industry.

He was particularly drawn to the flexible course scheduling and part-time student options. He took one course at a time while still working full time, and passed with good grades.

Carl affirms he received a top notch MS in CS education while still being able to work and have kids.

AFTER THE MASTERS PROGRAM
Carl is currently a software engineer at Google.  He says that tough courses like algorithms, big data and systems programming helped him survive and surpass the rigorous interview process at Google. 

From a professional standpoint, he declares that this degree opened the door to his dream job and an exciting life in the heart of Silicon Valley.

CARL’S ADVICE
“If you feel like you didn't have time to learn everything that computer science has to offer while in undergrad and you long for further learning in a classroom setting - the masters program has a great range of topics taught by industry leaders - take advantage of this program and see for yourself what kinds of doors can be opened.”