| ||Ask HN: Getting a math degree as a working adult?|
79 points by darkxanthos on July 22, 2012 | hide | past | web | favorite | 84 comments |
|My question: I've found a math degree to pursue, what (1st or 2nd hand experience-based) feedback can you provide as advice?|
I am thinking of enrolling in this online BA in Mathematics program through Southern New Hampshire University: http://www.snhu.edu/mathematics-BA-online.asp
I'm a software engineer already working in the field I want to be in for the next 5-10 years (data logging and analysis).
I want to get a degree in math for a couple reasons:
a) For me. I've always deep down wanted a degree but couldn't admit it to myself. I would for whatever reason regret it if I never earned a degree.
b) When giving people advice around data I would like to train myself around many of the biases we are all so prone to. Learning though on the job in a business intelligence role seems like a very expensive feedback loop. (Imagine making a mistake in a recommendation that costs the company millions of dollars)
c) I would like to eventually move into more machine learning and recognize that for now and the foreseeable future statistics and other math will play a HUGE role in that. For jobs in this realm a masters degree is very much encouraged.
Some background on me: My company and myself all work remotely so the discipline that an online degree requires isn't at all an issue for me. Also I am a self taught software engineer so I'm looking forward to taking whatever I learn through my courses and building on top of it as much as possible as I go.
Just to clarify my question is: I've found a math degree to pursue, what (1st or 2nd hand experience-based) feedback can you provide as advice?
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