Which degrees would you choose?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Dennis, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Dennis

    Dennis New Member

    If you were asked to choose 3 Master degrees from the following list and rate them in terms of:
    a) relative prestige (as perceived by the general public and within the particular profession) and
    b) utility (i.e. scope of national/international career opportunities)

    Which 3 ones would be your favorites in descending order?

    *MA/MSc in Political Science
    *MA/MSc in IT/IS/CS
    *MA/MSc in Psychology/Sociology
    *MA/MSc in Mathematics
    *MA/MSc in History
    *MA/MSc in Engineering
    *MA/MSc in Music
    *MA/MSc in Architecture
    *MA/MSc in Theology
    *MA/MSc in Literature

    Thanks for participating.
  2. jackrussell

    jackrussell Member

    My take

    *MA/MSc in Mathematics
    *MA/MSc in Engineering
  3. imalcolm

    imalcolm New Member

    MA/MSc in Engineering
    MA/MSc in IT/IS/CS
  4. brow276

    brow276 Member

    *MA/MSc in Psychology/Sociology
    *MA/MSc in Political Science

    I'm not into the technical career path, so these would serve me well. I don't think I'm going to do an LLM, however the other two seem like the best for me.

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    If I have a choice to start all over again. I would choose.

    - MD (Medical Doctor)
    - MA/MSc Engineering
    - MA/MSc in IT/IS/CS

    Since I have been taking a different direction, then my next step is Ph.D in Telecommunication/Management or Business Administration.
  6. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Darn! You mean I can only pick three! Why can't I rate all 14 from most favorite to least favorite?
  7. BillDayson

    BillDayson New Member

    I'm removing MD from consideration.

    Based on your criteria, I'd probably go...

    1. Architecture
    2. Engineering
    3. Mathematics

    Architects seem to typically practice their profession either with a BArch degree (not exactly a bachelors degree) or with a shorter bachelors plus an MS. Doctorates don't seem to be expected.

    Engineering is kind of similiar I guess, though to a lesser degree and with more doctorates. Engineers do well on the mid-career earnings charts. Mathematics is a little tougher since a PhD is probably more often the standard.

    My own personal favorite would probably be history, but in choosing it I wouldn't really be sticking to your criteria and would be substituting my own.
  8. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    NOTE: I'm not considering relative prestige or utility. I'm just considering what I like best (regardless of utility) and what I don't like. Notice that I've put the liberal arts degrees in the top half and the useful degrees in the bottom half.

    1. MA/MSc in History
    2. MA/MSc in Political Science
    3. MA/MSc in Theology
    4. MA/MSc in Literature
    5. MA/MSc in Psychology/Sociology
    6. MA/MSc in Music
    7. LLM
    8. M.Ed
    9. MBA
    10. MA/MSc in Mathematics
    11. MA/MSc in IT/IS/CS
    12. MA/MSc in Engineering
    13. MA/MSc in Architecture
    14. MD
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 3, 2009
  9. emmzee

    emmzee New Member

    I'd say, given your criteria of prestige and utility:

    1) MD
    2) MSc in Engineering
    3) MBA
    4) LLM
    5) MSc in IT/IS/CS

    Of course, this doesn't matter too much if you have no interest/talent in those areas. ;)
  10. tomball

    tomball New Member

    I'd need to know the school first!:eek:
  11. jek2839

    jek2839 New Member

    I agree with your selection!
  12. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    Assuming that MD = Medical Doctor, it doesn't belong in a list of Masters degrees.

    My answer:
    IT, etc.
  13. jaer57

    jaer57 New Member

    Interesting topic! I would go with BillDayson and Kizmet; mainly because I am torn between engineering and architecture.

    All of these degrees can be prestigious and carry utility, in my opinion; especially if the school is prestigious itself or the degree holder is very talented...
  14. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    For prestige I would rank music at the top.
    Then architecture and literature.

    For utility I think a lot depends on your career, but for me it would be
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 4, 2009
  15. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    *MA/MSc in Political Science
    *MA/MSc in IT/IS/CS
    *MA/MSc Physical Therapy
    *MA/MSc in Engineering

    may I also add BioTechnology :)
  16. tomball

    tomball New Member

    1 of each? YEAH

    Maybe 3 of the price of one?

Share This Page