Where you should graduate from?

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by philosophy, May 15, 2004.

  1. philosophy

    philosophy New Member

    I have a question. Some of the people that I have talked with say that if you have graduated from one school, that you should go to a different school for your next degree or level. In example, if you were to graduate from the University of Michigan for your Bachelor degree, that it would be better for you to then graduate from a different school like Ganzaga University for your Master degree. The reasoning is that it signifies that two different schools have evaluated your work, and that you have met certain requirements. However, I have talked with others who have done both there Bachelor and Master degrees at the same school, and that it doesn't make any difference. What are your opinions on this issue? Do you think it is better to graduate from different schools, or do you think it doesn't matter?
  2. Han

    Han New Member

    I have hearad the same, and have been told it was due to bringing in different perspectives. I don't think it is a deal breaker, but I ave been told this by some in academia.
  3. Mike Albrecht

    Mike Albrecht New Member

    I would say that it depends on what and how you want to study for your next degree.

    If your first school matchs your requirements then fine, if not then move.

    In my case, while I really liked my undergrad school, it would have been akward going back to the Upper Penisula of Michigan for my MBA when I lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area. Heck i would have like to gone to it for my doctorate, except they did not offer a DL program in Industrial Engineering (they do not even offer an on campus program in IE).
  4. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Active Member

    I've heard the same thing but always assumed that it applied primarily to people wishing to get into teaching at a university?
  5. Han

    Han New Member

    Why move, there are plenty of DL programs out there.
  6. Mike Albrecht

    Mike Albrecht New Member

    If your first school does not offer a program that suits your needs then how can you go on for more degrees from them? I would have loved to continue my education in Industrial Engineering at the doctorial level by distance learning from Michigan Tech, but they did not offer it, so I had to move on to Colorad State that did offer it.

    By moving I ment going to another college!
  7. Anthony Pina

    Anthony Pina Active Member

    In theory, most universities like for you to have your degrees from at least two different universities. However, I have been a member of hiring boards for several faculty and administrators and have never known cadidates to be down-graded for having all their degrees from a single institution.

    So many of my faculty peers have all of their degrees from the same institution, that I think that it really is not big deal. I have 3 degrees (associates, bachelors and masters) from one institution. My doctorate is from a different one.

    Tony Piña
    Faculty, CSU San Bernardino

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