I have 3 years of experience as a programmer now. I have worked on some drivers in the automotive domain and some medical applications.

Since I do not have a computer science background, I was thinking of going for a full time masters in computer science. I need to develop my algorithm and data structures, compiler theory knowledge.

I have studied algorithms and data structures through the book written by Cormen, and other stuff through books.

I do not have any published papers from my undergraduate degree.

Would it would be better for me to go for a masters or bachelors degree?

  • Thanks for the edit. I have removed the part of your post that asks about your chances of admissions, because it's impossible for us to answer that question. – ff524 Jan 11 '15 at 10:45
  • Do you have bachelors degree? If yes, in what field? – scaaahu Jan 11 '15 at 10:53
  • This appears to be off-topic because it appears to be about preparation for a non-academic career. – fkraiem Jan 11 '15 at 11:46
  • undergrad in electronics and computer engineering – basav Jan 11 '15 at 12:14
  • it is about preparation for academic career..I need to apply for masters and choose my research area – basav Jan 11 '15 at 12:15

So, do you think it makes sense for me to go for higher studies now?

Depends what you are hoping to achieve, of course. However, as you are already working in industry, if your goal is to get better pay or a better programming job, this may not work out the way you hope it would. If the goal is actually to (as you indicate) learn about fundamentals in computer science, going back to university may be the right move. However, note that for these basics, an undergrad may actually be more appropriate. At master level, most programmes would assume that you have a solid working understanding of these concepts from the start.

What will my chances be of getting into a good university?

What is a "good" university for you, and where? There is also the problem that you indicate that your undergrad was not in computer science - this will probably hamper your chances of acceptance to a great computer science programme quite a bit.

Somewhat related: I feel that you are also overestimating the amount of industry experience you have accrued. Frankly, after 3 years, most people would not call you an "experienced programmer". So it is unlikely that your work experience will be sufficient to offset your missing undergraduate degree.

  • Agreed on the experience part...I just wanted to say that I have some experience....I have studied DS and compiler theory on my own through books....Had RTOS course in my undergrad ...I am an electronics student. – basav Jan 11 '15 at 10:36
  • And you are right about my undergrad not being in computer science..That's the reason I want to pursue a degree in the field. – basav Jan 11 '15 at 10:37

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