Practical or Creative?
March 21, 2012 1:23 PM Subscribe
MPA or M.S. Writing? More useful, or more engaging? I'm at a point where I am thinking about my advanced degree choices, and would love some input and advice.
posted by thatbrunette to Education (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I currently work as a grantwriter/development officer for a well-known, well-supported, independent non-profit. I learn every day that I'm on the job, and I truly enjoy the majority of what I do; in particular the grantwriting. I'm good at it, and have had noted success (knock on wood). I'm giving thought to career decisions now, long before I make any actual choices. For example, I am staying at this organization for a minimum of 3 years, open-ended maximum.
If I want to move to the top of the ladder, in this field, I would look to be a Director of Development, or an Executive Director. I understand that that is where money, recognition, and career "success" lies. To do this, I would need a masters, and most likely an MPA in Nonprofit Management. A great state university in my city offers this degree. No brainer, right?
Except... that I really truly love grantwriting. I know it will never make the figures that directing would, but it's something I enjoy. I don't care about recognition other than a reputation for good, solid work. I have given some serious thought in pursuing a writing masters. It would absolutely hone my current skills for my job, and I could see it lending a beneficial impact overall to the way I think and communicate. But I can't shake the feeling that it's self-indulgent and "not as useful". It's my masters, and I wouldn't want to screw it up.
For some context, I have a B.S. in Economics.