Which degree combo works best?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Koolcypher, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. Koolcypher

    Koolcypher Member

    Hello fine members, I'm in a conundrum (see Maniac you are not the only one). I've decided to go back to grad school and finish the remainder of Post 9/11 GI Bill. However, I'm banging my head over which degree would ultimately work best with my other degrees, so as to avoid academic redundancy. :confused:

    Here are the degree combinations:


    BA - Public Administration, Barry University
    MA - Professional Writing, Chatham University
    MBA, Isenberg School of Management, Umass (Start date Jan 15)

    B: (This is the combo that I believe will create academic redundancy, a professional writing degree and a communications degree). :dunno:

    BA - Public Administration, Barry University
    MA - Professional Writing, Chatham University
    MA - Communications, Johns Hopkins University (Start date Jan 15)

    C: (Wildcard option, has nothing to do with degree utility but just for pure fun and learning for learning's sake).

    BA - Public Administration, Barry University
    MA - Professional Writing, Chatham University
    MA - Romance Languages, Spanish Track, University of New Orleans (Start date Jan 15)

    I'm pretty much established in my career, and I see myself here in Nicaragua or Latin America for the next 5-7 years. If and when I return to the States, I would like to teach, either middle/high school or community college, and get some adjunct gigs here and there. I just don't want to let my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits go to waste, and to keep my mind sharp and occupied. Again, many, many thanks to all the members here. :hail:
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  2. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    I would think the MA in Romance Languages (Spanish) would more than qualify you to adjunct at the CC level. Plus the fact that you already have a masters in professional writing, I would think the Spanish degree would give you more options.
  3. DxD=D^2

    DxD=D^2 Member

    If you want to get some adjunct gigs, I would recommend shooting for a doctoral program to offer the best leverage towards teaching online. It seems that the trend is looking for PhD and doctoral degree holders before master's programs. Of course, experience is a factor, too.

    If you want my suggestion, since you're well established in your field, chose something you like; that you won't dread going through a program, that you feel will move you into the right trajectory you desire. If you want to teach in either middle/high school you should consider what the requirements are for the district (organizations) in Nicaragua. (I'm sure they are different than the the regulations in the States. Ultimately, you have to consider what you want to do and pursue something that moves you towards that direction.

    I ultimately think it would be good for you to consider your doctorate. Maybe University of the Cumberlands PhD in Leadership (if that's your cup of tea). That seems like a well rounded option because wherever you go, you can use leadership talent in any area. I hope this helps you.
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  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I think that the only one that's going to qualify you to teach high school or middle school is the Spanish degree. Even with that you'll need the teachers certification for whatever state you live in.
  5. Koolcypher

    Koolcypher Member

    Thanks everyone for providing feedback and guidance. I have so much on my mind that sometimes I cannot make a decision. With regards to the MBA, well, to tell you the truth I was never in love with it. For what I currently do (writing) I do not need an MBA. While an MBA is nice to have, it is not required in my field. So the MBA was an oddball degree for me. I've always been a words guy and not quite a quant person per se, having said that I was just not sold on the MBA. Bottom line my heart was not into it.

    I really liked the Romance Languages degree at University of New Orleans, however, it appears that the university will cut this program in the near future. As a result I have scratched them for consideration. Also, their customer service SUCKS big time. Calls do not get answered, emails go unanswered for weeks at a time, and when they answer they are rude. So thanks but no thanks.

    Same situation with Hopkins, the program is awesome, the school is awesome. However, the program is super expensive, close to $4,000 per class. And I only have about 15 months left of my Post 9/11 GI Bill. Therefore, I am still on the hook, and I do not want to take loans for a degree that, in my opinion, creates redundancy with my writing degree.

    So where does that leave me? What do I want to do? First and foremost I want to maximize my Post 9/11 GI Bill, and I want a degree that is fun, creates future opportunity to teach--either at the cc level, high school or middle school level is fine--and does not break the bank in case my Post 9/11 GI Bill runs out. Having said that I decided to pursue the MA Humanities degree with a graduate certificate in Ancient & Classical History at American Public University. Why APU? Well, they have the program that I want, and in they do not have the negative stigma that other for-profit colleges have. I believe this degree compliments my writing degree, and it does not create redundancy. Am I way off on this assumption? However, for now (until I pull a Maniac) this looks like my next degree.

    Sorry for the long rant/post, and thank you all for the comments and or suggestions. By all means this is not set in stone, so if you have any ideas/insight, then by all means do share.

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