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Comment 17 Dec 2015

Purdue is on my list, but they don't have software engineering. The do have a computer sciences degree, but from what I've read I wouldn't meet the requirements for that program. What was it about Purdue that stood out to you?

Comment 17 Dec 2015

So, I'm putting together a list of questions I'd like to ask the admissions office at each school. These are mostly generic questions about how each school handles online students. I want to know the information, but I also want to know how communicative they are. I've done a few online certs that were good or bad based on how effective the school communicated, so that is a pretty big priority to me.

What are the specific requirements for admission to the program?

Is the GRE a requirement for the program, and if so, how recent must it be?

Are there any stipends available for the program?

Can I complete courses within the program at my own pace, or is there a schedule that must be followed?

What are the differences, if any, between the online program and the on-campus program?

My undergraduate degree is not in Software Engineering. What issues will that present, and what can I do now to alleviate those issues?

What financial aid options are available for veterans using the GI Bill? Yellow Ribbon program?

Are there any synchronous delivery methods used in the program that will require me to be present?

What are the proctoring procedures for exams?

Are there any on-campus requirements?

I think that will get me started, then I will ask more questions as needed. Anyone have any thoughts on those questions, or some additional questions to ask that I may have missed?

Comment 15 Dec 2015

I appreciate the offer, and I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions throughout the process. 

Comment 15 Dec 2015

I'd love to be able to attend tOSU, but I don't think it's likely at this point. If they had more engineering programs that I could take online, I probably wouldn't even be looking at other schools. 

I do appreciate the information though. I may contact Col Carrell to at least explore my options (tOSU is still on my list).

Comment 15 Dec 2015

I lucked into a deployment cycle that sent my battalion to Iraq/Afghanistan every fall. I spent Christmas in one of those two countries for seven straight years. Wouldn't trade that time for anything. I missed it so much, I did a couple more years over there as a contractor.

Comment 15 Dec 2015

I think there's the obvious bias from those opinions as well.

Comment 15 Dec 2015

I appreciate the replies. I'll definitely want to talk to as many people as I can that have hands-on with each program. I even tried hopping on some of the forums for each school, but didn't have a whole lot of meaningful conversation.

Comment 15 Dec 2015

I did grad school in engineering not at Penn State/Tech/KState, but I can speak on my own experience.

Do you mind me asking which discipline and school? Not going to be offended if you say you do mind.

Have you visited these 3 programs (and professors/students)?  Will you know if you will get funding/stipend? 

I'm not overly concerned about a visit. I'm not sure that I'd ever set foot on the campuses. Do you think a visit might still be beneficial? I'm not sure about funding, but I don't think so. I'll be attending on the GI Bill, and my company gives me $10k/year for school. 

Comment 15 Dec 2015

Hate to bring this back to life. I've decided against the MGEL from tOSU. After doing more research, the program just doesn't interest me, and I'm not sure it would really enhance my professional profile much anyways. I've decided that I'd like to get my Master's in Software Engineering. I started out with a list of around 20 programs for that degree, and have narrowed it to three: Penn State, Texas Tech, and Kansas State. My undergraduate degree is not in software engineering, but I feel that I've taken the right electives to get into any of the programs these three schools have to offer. All three are more or less equal with the guidelines I've set for myself.

I'm hoping for some external opinions on these three schools, or maybe even some first-hand experience with any of them. All three would be online as my only option, and tuition isn't a concern.

Comment 07 Dec 2015
I think Oklahoma should probably be in this year, but no one loss team from the Big 12 should ever be "unequivocally in the playoff". Period.
Comment 29 Nov 2015
2011 is why we have no way in. The CFP was supposed to fix that, so I don't see the committee putting us in. I think conference championship games are essentially play-ins. CFP will be: Oklahoma Bama/Florida Clemson/UNC Sparty/Iowa
Comment 28 Nov 2015
I completely agree. There's absolutely no shot a team that didn't win its division or conference could play for and win a national championship. Even when their only loss was by a field goal to maybe the best team in football. Surely they would never do that to a team like Oklahoma State who lost to someone like Baylor...or Iowa State. Never happen.
Comment 23 Nov 2015

If we win out, and Sparty is upset by Penn State I think we get in no matter what else happens. No way the Big12 gets two teams in, and Notre Dame won't get in for pretty much the same reason TCU/Baylor didn't last year. No matter what happens, a win Saturday means a great season to me. 

Comment 19 Nov 2015

Probably one of my favorites. I still like the gif with Urban (Austin Powers) kicking Saban (Mini-Me) across the room. I can't seem to find it anywhere though.

Comment 18 Oct 2015

Of course we would, but we'd be right. Barkley looked great, and had a great game, but that's it. When Barkley closes out three 200 yard efforts in championship games against top level competition, I'll be more impressed with him.

Comment 16 Oct 2015

I'll be wearing my black hoodie and tshirt in Florida. If you're lucky enough to go to the game, it is your responsibility as a Buckeye to wear black.

Comment 13 Oct 2015

I'll be wearing one of my black tshirts on the couch. I wouldn't even question it if I were going to the game.

Comment 21 Sep 2015

I think living in the South has made me immune to this bullshit. Any time an inbred with a tooth opens their mouth down here it's to tell me how much Ohio sucks or that Urban Meyer is going to have another fake heart attack. It's an old and stupid joke, but now I just roll my eyes when I see it. It serves as a nice reminder that we are better than them in every facet of life. 

Comment 20 Sep 2015
I don't think they need to be doing anything that unnecessarily distracts them from the reason they are on scholarship. If they want to worry more about social media than winning games, let them, but give their scholarship to someone that wants it.