The real value of a degree for aspiring data scientists
A graduate degree doesn't make you better prepared for the job market—at least, not enough to justify the cost in both time and money. Yes, you will learn a lot. But you can learn just as much—if not more—from free online courses (having a good mentor helps too). However, having a degree—the higher the better—gives you a leg up in the job market. And that's because education is valuable to employers as a signal.