I am 25 years old and looking for the next big career step. I currently work as an account manager - most of my day is customer service related work. There is little room for growth and it isn't what I want to do long term. My ultimate goal is to transition into the IT field and my dream job is to work as a Sys Admin.
I have a BS in Biology and a lot of student debt already so I wouldn't be eligible for any more financial aid for undergrad education. I also have a family to support and cannot quit my day job, so any educational pursuits would need to be done online and in an affordable manner. Unfortunately my local community college doesn't offer any of their CS courses online or at night
I am studying for the MCSA certification and it is also my goal to get the CCNA, CompTIA A, and CompTIA Network+ certs. I am also currently learning basic programming and scripting (still have a lot to learn).
I realize that after I get some certifications and programming under my belt I should be well on my way to gaining some experience and hopefully landing a job in IT. I have been told by several IT professionals that a degree in CS isn't necessary. But, for advancement purposes and my own personal goal of getting a master's some day, a MS in CS or something similar is ultimately what I think I should pursue.
What is currently the most affordable route to get a BS in Computer Science and MS in Computer Science, or something similar? I am not really sure where to start. I have looked at the TESU CIS degree, but it does not look like it would allow me to get into a master's program which is a personal goal of mine. Please share your thoughts and stories!!!