I’m graduating with a degree in Sociology in a couple years.
However, I always wanted to do Computer Engineering, but due to various shortcomings I was never able to get the undergraduate degree in CEN. However, I do want to apply for a Masters in CEN. I do know of some graduate schools who do take non-CS/CEN majors for Masters programs, provided they do the needed pre-reqs to then pursue graduate studies. Also, I’m minoring in CS so I will meet some of the pre-reqs ( such as Data Structures and Algorithms ) for a Masters program in CEN. Also, I’m currently in research for Computer Science in my undergrad, so I have demonstrated some capability for research that can be used in a Masters.
I know of some jobs that pay for a Masters in order to boost the skill set of their workers without having to hire and pay a new worker, and have the worker pay back some of the tuition and/or work for them for a certain number of years.
Now this is where my inquiry is relevant. I will like to work for a sociological research institute for a university in a major metropolitan city on the East Coast of the US. I conducted some computational analysis as a research intern for them one summer, and they ( especially the Institute director) seemed readily impressed with my work. Also, they did state the need for more quantitative work in the field of research that is conducted at the Institute.
I would like to convince the director of the Institute to hire me as a scientific programmer/statistician for them after I graduate college. To convince them to hire me is another plan altogether, but I’m posting this question based on the assumption they will hire me on essentially as a computational sociologist.
I would like to convince the research institute, if I’m hired, to fund my Masters in CEN. The research that I plan to do in CEN will be relevant to the Institute. I plan on using CEN techniques (such as signals processing algorithms ) to explore new social paradigms and possibly test sociological theories, especially concerning the type of sociological work that the Institute deals with.
Now I do plan to apply to the Institute’s university ( and I’m willing to go there if accepted, since I can see they would want me to still do work for them alongside my Masters).
Now, essentially, my question is: Would a sociological research institute even consider funding a researcher to further their education? Also, if they are, would they consider funding a graduate school degree that isn’t even directly in their field? Yes, the concepts learned in graduate school for the Masters can apply (and potentially open up new avenues of) for their research, but would they even be willing to take the chance?