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Howdy folks! I wish to draw on the sage advice of some of the more experienced engineers. Here's my story: I graduated with a BS in civil engineering and did Army ROTC in college. I commissioned into the Army thinking it was going to be my career and that I'd never use engineering ever again. And, well, after four years of the Army, I honestly think engineering was in fact the right career for me. I'm separating from the military this summer so now I have to decide what to do with my life. I got accepted to Arizona State's master of engineering program. I can get some modest benefits from the VA (50% post-9/11 GIB) but other than that, I have no definite scholarships. I'm also getting job offers for entry-level civil engineers in Texas and New Mexico (so far.) My goal is to become a structural engineer and get my PE. So my question is...is graduate school worth it? Would it help me that much as a structural engineer? Would I be better off just going straight to the job market? Any insight will be helpful. Thanks.
I thought I would start a thread to collect information and opinions, about on-line Masters Degree programs for engineers. I know many of us have gone through these or are currently enrolled in one, and one of these days (?) it will become a requirement to get a PE license. I haven't seen much info out there about the quality of the programs, or what they are like. So this might be a good start. I am currently attending an on-line M.S. program, and I will post my impressions below, but first I thought I would just set up a basic format for people to follow to tell us about their program. You don't have to, but it might make your advice easier to digest for others who are looking for a program to attend. Please cut, paste, and answer the following questions: