The question isn’t MS or no MS, the question is – are you heading to industry or academe?
Terminal MS won’t add much value to your salary if you’re planning to go into industry so make the jump to industry if that’s where you want to land. Masters aren’t hard to get. They cost time and money so the prestige isn’t there. A PhD requires some consideration of the department budget and as such is more selective.
If you hope to get your PhD, apply for that rather than a masters.
If you have the opportunity to work with one of the Fathers/Mothers of your area in CS then take that opportunity whether it be MS or PhD. Working with Andrew Ng or Daphne Koller would open academic and industry doors that toiling on your own won’t do very soon (most likely).
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