Are part time programs actually easier to get into than ft

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atomicfront
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Are part time programs actually easier to get into than ft

Postby atomicfront » Thu May 17, 2012 6:05 pm

I have read conflicting statements on part time versus full-time programs. Some say it is easier others say they have now toughened up part time programs admissions due to how they are ranked now.

I am currently in 40's and am intestest in part-time program at one of George Washington, Georgetown, Maryland, or American. Only had 3.35 GPA in college. Although had a 3.92 in last 75 credits double majoring in Computer Science and Psychology.

Currently a Software Architect. I was interested in IP program at GW. Does having 10 + years experience and being at the top of you field help admissioins? Is there demand for IP grads with a lot of computer science experience?

Want to pay as I go and Maryland is much cheaper but their median private sector starting salary is much lower than my current salary so I am kind of hesitant to go there.

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Re: Are part time programs actually easier to get into than ft

Postby JCFindley » Thu May 17, 2012 6:43 pm

atomicfront wrote:I have read conflicting statements on part time versus full-time programs. Some say it is easier others say they have now toughened up part time programs admissions due to how they are ranked now.

I am currently in 40's and am intestest in part-time program at one of George Washington, Georgetown, Maryland, or American. Only had 3.35 GPA in college. Although had a 3.92 in last 75 credits double majoring in Computer Science and Psychology.

Currently a Software Architect. I was interested in IP program at GW. Does having 10 + years experience and being at the top of you field help admissioins? Is there demand for IP grads with a lot of computer science experience?

Want to pay as I go and Maryland is much cheaper but their median private sector starting salary is much lower than my current salary so I am kind of hesitant to go there.


On the PT vs FT question. Part timers still have generally lower numbers than full timers but then that may have a lot to do with people that have a job and work experience applying part time....

Which leads us to the WE question. Maybe.... Some schools really look at the work experience others care only about the numbers. I cannot speak to the schools you mentioned and which way they go on the subject.

I would be hesitant to go to GW, MD or American at sticker. To be blunt I wouldn't even consider it at my age (Which is in the neighborhood of yours...) Georgetown is a little different story being a highly ranked and regarded LS. You would have a GOOD chance of getting a high paying job from there. The others could be doable IF you got some $$$ to go with admission.... Not sure how much $ is possible with the GPA though but a really good LSAT would help.

Your background will lend itself to IP work. While your WE may or may not help getting admitted depending on the school it WILL help when it comes to getting a job. (Hopefully it will help more than our age will hurt...)

Just my thoughts.....

Oh, and these kids on here study for the LSAT like it is a full time job for a LONG time before they take it. My cycle worked out the way I wanted but if I had it to do over I would have actually studied for the LSAT and studied my butt off at that....

JC




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