Newbie here. I’m hoping to get some good advice/direction from experts in the field. I’m 7 years out of college. I have a Bachelor’s in Biology, worked in cancer research for 2 years, but things have changed and my ultimate goal now is to become a web developer. Since leaving cancer research, I’ve been working in a systems department at a large fashion retailer as a systems security admin and email admin. I’ve also done freelance web production work for a major media conglomerate. This is as far as it goes for me. I do not have any formal training or education in anything relating to computer science or web development. I’ve been considering the following master’s program in New York, where I currently live and work: http://appsrv.pace.edu/academics/view-programs/?School=GCS&Cred=MS&Maj=SDD&Location=nyc&details. I’m looking at this program in particular because they will take on students without a previous CS background and it seems to make sense to get a master’s over getting another bachelor’s (in CS). I’m wondering if this is even the way to go though. With so many online courses out there (Udacity, Coursera, edX), so many ways to do it yourself, should I even bother? On paper, I thought it might look better, legitimize me in a way, to have this master’s degree. At the same time, it's a lot of time and money. I definitely learn better in a classroom environment vs teaching myself at home. But I am open to any and all suggestions. Master's, 2nd bachelor's, associate's or technical, or online?? If anyone has specific recommendations for programs in the NYC area, that would be great.
Many, many thanks!