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By gpastorelli ·
I wanted to get some input on what I should persue as a college major. I'm stuck between Computer Science, Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.

But first a little about me. I currently work as a network administrator for a small bank and have already seen the limit not having a college degree has, I'm 22 y/o. Unfortunately I don't have the time to go to school full time as I have a 3 month old daughter. I love what I do as far as network adminstration but would eventually like to move into the management end (IT director, CIO, or own my own IT related business).

I'd like to persue an MBA in the future and be able to fall back on something else outside of IT if I should need to since I have a family to support. So my question is this, which should I be persuing for my future goals? I plan on staying on the infrastructure end of IT, maybe do some database administration, I don't really have an interest in programming. What are the pros and cons of each degree as applied to the IT market? I'm still very new to the field, only been in the field about 3 years or so, so I'm not really sure what companies are looking for. I do see a lot of "4 year degree in Computer Science or equivalent."

Would I be able to pass a Business administration degree, plus my experience and certs and still be a contender for positions against people who have a Computer Science degree? Or should I concern myself with getting a degree in CS or CIS and then in the future worry about transferring and persuing an MBA?

Thanks for any and all advice. If I need to clarify anything please let me know.

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Look into Management Info. Systems

by ObiWayneKenobi In reply to Decision on college major

Look at an MIS degree if you have the chance.. it combines Business Admin + CIS and usually does a pretty good job. CIS is usually programming but it depends on the school and where you are located and whatnot; you may be able to find one that focuses more on analysis and integration of IT than developing.

Hope this helps and good luck!

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I would agree with this

by jdmercha In reply to Look into Management Info ...

A lot depends on what school you have the option of attending and what they have to offer. Take a look at US Nnews and World report (Assuiming you are in the US) and check out the rankings of your local colleges.

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