I have recently been reminded again (through lots of pain) why I wanted to do my masters in CS instead of mathematics. Its not that I can't do an MSc in mathematics, its just that I don't enjoy analysis or geometry at all, and my development in those two fields have been very slow. On the other hand, I am in love with combinatorics and graph theory, and have done a lot of research projects (individual reading) in graph and hypergraph theory, this is why I think a CS MSc would fit me better.
However, back in March I decided to do a math MSc, since the tuition fee for a CS MSc is ~5 times the tuition for a math MSc. My idea is to hit as many classes in theoretical CS as possible, and barely take the required math classes.
Question: Is it a sane (possible gotchas, looking for unforeseen problems) decision to focus on CS classes in a math MSc? (in other words, I want a CS degree, but circumstances dictate that I enter a math program)
My own considerations are:
- While I do not enjoy mathematics that much, I am still strong in it, apart from geometry. I'm hoping that I can keep on developing/using my probability theory or combinatorics. I will not be hindered by abstract algebra either.
- Apart from graph theory, I almost have no CS background. I have been doing extensive projects with pandas, and used a lot of MatLab for my thesis, but that is about the extent of my programming skills. I don't know how to use any technologies (I still don't know how to properly use requests, still can't figure out how to multithread properly, only a partial understanding of SQLalchemy).
- I don't know if this is just a temporary case of 'grass is greener next on the other side'.
- I have seen massive improvements in my math skills between the first, second, and third year. Though somehow I'm still skeptical that I actually understand anything apart from graph theory.
- Were I to do this, I would pick mostly machine learning classes (there aren't that many OpRes classes in the univ I will go to, otherwise I would focus on it instead). I'm very skeptical that machine learning is something you learn in two years. I'm afraid of being in the same situation as I have now, having only theoretical understanding of things (I'm finishing a BSc in pure maths, the kids doing physics are better in calculus then I am).