Should I pursue another fancy piece of paper?
January 30, 2013 10:27 AM Subscribe
Is a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership a real thing? Should I pursue it, given that it wouldn't cost me anything but time?
posted by cessair to Work & Money (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've always been of the opinion that I would only get an advanced degree if it was required for job advancement. This has never been the case, but I wonder if I might go farther if I had an additional credential. I have great experience and an impressive skill set (if I do say so myself). I've never lacked for job opportunities (thankfully!).
I sort of fell into a career in social media and PR for non-profits. I've advanced fairly quickly and am now a director for a project within a private university. I have the opportunity to get a master's degree free of charge. I don't think that I would really learn a lot, though maybe I would, but I think that the degree might be worth the time in terms of opening up future opportunities in higher education administration (where everyone else has lots of letters after their names.)
I'm not worried about the workload or any stress associated with the program - I would get a lot of support at work, and it is designed for working professionals so that is not an issue.
I am someone who is good at being a student (high marks with little effort) but I don't really enjoy it - I made it a point to get my undergraduate degree as quickly as possible, even though it meant overloading my schedule.
(This university doesn't offer a Master of Public Administration, or I would do that instead.)
Basic question: Do you have any experience with or knowledge of a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership program? Is it worth pursuing just to put it on my resume?