In my opinion there is no comparison between the two. The certifications can be accomplished thru boot camps which prep you for passing a test. The degrees demonstrate much more aptitude and cover much more material over many more hours of study and education. I personally see certifications necessary for government which requires such and persons without work experience. If I am hiring someone – I was an I.T. director for 6 years – demonstrated experience with the ability to back it up in an interview far outweighs both certifications and degrees. However – Degree means much more to me than certification if neither has work experience to go with it. A Degree with low level work experience without promotion is a big negative. I hope this answers your question. i have over 30 years I.T. experience.