I am at a loss as to what to do with my future. Let's start with my info: 45 years old (today) Male from the US 20+ years of IT work - mostly Wintel but have done Linux and Mac. Strong in hardware/networking and OSs. Was level 3 tech when I went back to school. HATES programming Currently disabled due to Bipolar Disorder Has had A+ certification since 99, MCSE, MCSA and a few others since but most recent was MCTS - Windows 7. Previous employer didn't care about certs so I didn't bother with them. I could go get a CCNA or Network+ or Security+ quite simply; I would need just a few weeks of light studying to be ready for the test. I went out on disability in November 2011. As an attempt to rehabilitate myself, I have gone back to school. I got an Associates of Applied Science - Computer Info Systems, Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology and about to complete a Masters of Science - Info Technology. Academics has been easy for me - honors graduate at all levels - 4.0/4.0 currently. The courses have been EXTREMELY easy for me because the amount of experience I have in industry. When it has been stressful or something I didn't understand, I often panic attacks and was unable to keep to schedule. (Luckily that was rare to happen but that happens when you are really not dealing with something new.) I need to figure out what to do once I complete the Masters. I loved IT work in the field, doing networks and servers, mentoring other techs and similar things. I believe I would be a decent line manager for an IT tech team because I have had enough ones in the past and can tell you what they did good and wrong plus am able to guide work. I have approximately $35k that I can use towards another degree. What type of degree would you go after in my shoes? PhD of IT? If so, any suggested schools? I have also considered doing a MBA-IS because it seems that it is a fallback that many do; maybe it is a over crowded field. What are your thoughts? I don't believe I will have difficulty getting into any school; every single school I have applied to in the past has accepted me; Monash University, La Trobe, James Cook, Univ of Cape Town, Fachhochschule Sudwestfalen, New Mexico State, Arizona, Arizona State, Texas Tech and a few others. What would you do in my situation? What schools would you recommend? I dropped out of WGU's Masters of IT program because I didn't like their method of evaluation; instructors would look at my work, say that they felt I completed the requirements but the "evaluators" disagreed and sent work back. This happened many times and the evaluators often asked for a lot more detail in areas that were not part of the detailed instructions. A few courses I just cut where a paragraph was, put it underneath the next one and then resubmitted. That was accepted. The final straw for me was when I submitted work that had "If you are actually reading this, I would be surprised." and "The evaluation of this paper is bull and will not be really reviewed for anything." buried in the text of the paper and it was accepted. I had also had "if you read this sentence, please let me know because I doubt it is being properly reviewed." Those things were accepted by the evaluator without comment. After that, I knew that they were not really evaluating our work but checking boxes only. Anyhow, you can now see why I won't accept going to WGU for anything.