Should I get a PhD?
November 4, 2013 2:40 PM Subscribe
I'm about to finish an MPA. I find myself very drawn to a PhD in Urban Studies. Is this a bad idea?
posted by anotheraccount to education (8 answers total)
I have a BFA in Theatre Management, but became enamored with public policy late in my undergraduate career. I took a few courses in urban poverty and education and loved them. For my first five years out of college, I worked in fundraising for nonprofits (my undergrad degree gave me a lot of tools to do this), including some that dealt with urban inequality issues. Earlier this year, I transitioned to a tech position with a for-profit that works with nonprofits. And now, after working on it for three years while working full-time, I'm about to graduate with a Masters of Public Administration. My MPA has been broad, but I've tried to take as many courses as possible focusing on urban issues, including some in the political science department.
I've always wanted to go for a PhD, but I figured I would do it later on down the road. Now, I find myself really drawn to the idea of getting a PhD sooner rather than later, and doing it in Urban Studies. I don't necessarily want to work in academia, but I feel like the PhD combined with my tech and nonprofit knowledge could open even more doors, and give me the formal education in urban affairs that I've been lacking.
Ultimately, I'd love to do some sort of work that combines my tech knowledge, data and policy analysis, and urban issues. Would a PhD be good for this? Or do I just need to try and get my foot in the door without one?