(Closed) What should I get my master's degree in?

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Personally, it’s not worth taking out the loans if you’re not going to make more money.  I took out the loans and make slightly more money.  However, if I could od it over again, I would have gotten a better undergraduate degree and I would probably be making significantly more than I do now.  The only upside is that I have a large potential for salary growth in the future.

If it’s not just about the money then do it.  It’s better to do a job you love and get paid for it than toil away year after year at something you hate.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ok, I think going back to get your masters’ is an awesome idea.  I’m currenty in grad school getting mine in School Counseling.  But it took me 3 years after college to figure out what I wanted to do.  When you’re going to spend that kind of money, you need to be sure of what you want to do!

 It seems like from what you’ve said about that getting your MPA is what you really want, and I say go for it.  Don’t get your M Ed just for the hell of it.  And yeah, you may start out making a little less, but you’re doing something you love.  Goodness knows I’m not going into school counseling for the money….

 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

How many student loans do you currently have??

I would go for something that you are going to love! It is hard to do something your whole life you don’t like just because the money was better at the time. Everyone has to start somewhere! The government is a great place to work and you would be able to advance. It may take sometime but if you love your job you wont mind.

I would just keep in mind the amount of student loans you already have and research to see if it will be worth the extra money you are going to spend!!

I would not get a master’s in something you currently do not like, it will be a waste of money and you will continue to be unhappy!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@2beeornot2bee:  I think you should do what makes you happy, but you nee to go where the money is. You could be happy but not making enough to live isn’t worth it. And I could be wrong but I was under the impression that you can get financial aid grants if you get a masters in education.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Ninteenthchance:  Gettings grants in very situation and state dependent.  I’m getting a masters of education and I just have loans, no grants.  They aren’t readily available for grad students in Washington.

@2beeornot2bee:  You have to do what’s best for you, but everyone I know who has gone back into a graduate program wouldn’t put themselves through that kind of stress unless they really wanted to be there and doing what they’re doing.  Just my $.02.  

 

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

@ilanamichell you’re probably right, I live in Virginia and know several people who got their masters very inexpensively or free because of grants.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Working for the gov’t ain’t what it used to be. As a gov’t contractor I’ve seen gov’t jobs go down the toilet over the past 5 years. If you’re going to fork out the money for a masters degree make sure it’s in something where you can get a return on your investment. Oh and office politics? You’ll deal with that anywhere. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Grad school isn’t worth the cost, in my opinion!  Unless you are going into something where you are guaranteed 6 figures, don’t do it.  You’ll just accumulate more debt.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@2beeornot2bee:  “Another perk of the teacher..you can’t get fired on the spot unless its moral  turpitude :)”

Right? Actually you can probably do more with your history degre than you think. I have a degree in biology but I’ve been a chemist for almost 20 years. Now I sit at a desk and write documents for the gov’t all day and act as a subject mater expert. Look outside your comfort zone and maybe youl’l find something you like. I did. 🙂

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@2beeornot2bee:  I have two bachelor degrees – one in English and the other in Communications.  Now, I make over 50K/year working in supply chain management.  You just need to know how to market yourself and gain some experience.  Doesn’t always matter what you get your degree in.

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