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Aspen University: online Doctorate in Computer Science
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Aspen university is nationally accredited and offers an online doctorate in computer science. The tuition is $29,000 total. There are 2 other colleges offering an online computer science doctorate, but the total tuition goes up to 60,000 for them. If I want a computer science doctorate, would this prpgram benefit me? I am considering going there after finishing a masters degree (they require one for admission). https://www.aspen.edu/business-technolog...er-science
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(07-20-2020, 11:31 AM)sciencemathematics1 Wrote: ... nationally accredited ...

Not regionally accredited?  NA would be a disqualifier for me.
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(07-20-2020, 12:04 PM)ajs1976a Wrote:
(07-20-2020, 11:31 AM)sciencemathematics1 Wrote: ... nationally accredited ...

Not regionally accredited?  NA would be a disqualifier for me.
Maybe when it comes to undergraduate. But what about when it comes to graduate school? How would national accreditation for graduate school be worse?
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Computer Science is a "show me" field where your track record and proving you can do it is more important than anything else. For a Doctorate in Computer Science, I wouldn't be worried about a school being nationally accredited unless I had a goal of teaching at a University (which most people don't), and unless the $60K RA programs are from well-known schools with top reps, I doubt you're going to get much more mileage out of those. There is this idea out there that HR and hiring managers are just readily rejecting all non-RA degrees, but nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, that idea is negated by the high number of fake degree holders that are gainfully employed and well-paid, even brazen enough to display their fake degrees on LinkedIn.

I think you'll be okay.
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the only reason to get a PhD in CS is because you want to teach CS

if you want to teach CS get a PhD from an RA school
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(07-20-2020, 12:56 PM)bluebooger Wrote: if you want to teach CS get a PhD from an RA school

^ This.
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I don't want to teach computer science, but I might want a research role, or another role for a doctorate. There are also research roles outside of academia in computer science I would consider which require a doctorate.
Is there any other way that a doctorate would be useful? I thought that there are more opportunities with it then just teaching.
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Computer science is a field where your track record is most important only for getting a job as a developer. For academia or research (within or outside of academia), a PhD from a nationally accredited or for-profit school would be a joke.

EDIT: Also, some of the above posts are wrong. Getting a PhD in CS isn't just for teaching - it's also useful if you want to go into CS research.
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@sciencemathematics1

I don't know about outside academia, but for research roles in academia you better have a Master's from a well-respected University because an NA Doctorate almost certainly won't be enough to get you in there.
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(07-20-2020, 12:33 PM)sciencemathematics1 Wrote:
(07-20-2020, 12:04 PM)ajs1976a Wrote:
(07-20-2020, 11:31 AM)sciencemathematics1 Wrote: ... nationally accredited ...

Not regionally accredited?  NA would be a disqualifier for me.
Maybe when it comes to undergraduate. But what about when it comes to graduate school? How would national accreditation for graduate school be worse?

Most people with doctorates want the ability to teach and you will have a very difficult time finding a teaching position at a college with a nationally accredited doctorate. They want a regionally accredited degree.
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