View Full Version : Gatech vs Columbia

04-19-2007, 12:15 PM

It would be great if you guys could help me decide between the 2 colleges. I have got MS CS in both of them without any aid.

I do not have any special preferences for the MS subject but then I am not enthusiastic about Theory of Computation and Architecture. So this way Columbia with its special tracks like NLP and Graphics seems more appealing to me.

Also, I would depend on some kind of aid so that would be a factor in my decision. Cost of living in NYC is high so Gatech would have an advantage there.

In terms of rankings, both are almost equally rated for CS, so they cannot form the basis for my decision.

Also, my ultimate aim is placement and not Phd.

Please do reply with your thoughts :)

04-23-2007, 03:40 PM
Well the GA Tech MSCS degree is described as "terminal" and is designed for placement in the industry.

I'm not a fan of theory of computation and architecture either, which is why I chose GT for their Human Compute Interaction dept. I'm doing the MSCS with HCI concentration. If you like graphics you should check out their GVU (Graphics Vision Usability) Center. It's one of the best I've seen, second only to probably CMU or Stanford. http://www.gvu.gatech.edu/ Hope this helps. But it all depends on what you're interested in. Also the weather - do you want to thaw your car everyday in the winter? :)

If you really have no particular sub-interest, I think either school is fine. If you don't mind the weather and high cost of living, Columbia has a better overall reputation. And NYC is just as fun, if not more so, than Atlanta.