Master's in Developmental Psychology at full price
January 24, 2013 7:59 AM Subscribe
Convince me not to get a Master's degree. I'm looking into a program at Columbia which would be at full price, which is not cheap. I'd like you to convince me not to attend, or tell me why it's a good idea after all.
1. I love psychology and have for years. My dream has been a PhD in Clinical Psychology, doing research. I have no research experience or upper-level psychology, though, so applying to PhD programs isn't possible.
2. Even if I stop at the Master's, I think it would be helpful in marketing myself in other contexts. I live in NYC and have long been planning a consulting business for parents, the details are a trade secret, but a master's from a prestigious school would boost my credibility enormously.
3. My job now is fine, but I'm dying of boredom and it has no long-term viability as a career.
4. I have no idea what the job market is like for this degree, and Master's degrees in general don't add to earning power.
5. I could cobble together classes at a CUNY for cheaper and boost my PhD chances that way, but the bureaucracy and scheduling challenges have stymied my attempts at it for years at this point. I think I need a more structured program. On the other hand, it's almost 5 times cheaper.
6. Childcare is a fixed cost for 4 more years or so, but his father can now budget so that he is covering it all himself and is willing to do so. His employment is stable.