I'm interested in math, programming and politics. Is a M.A. in Public Policy for me? Snowflakes inside.
I'm set to graduate next semester with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and a B.A. in Political Science (previously
). I'm looking into my university's accelerated B.A./M.A. Public Policy program. I would be able to take 6 graduate credits next semester and the remaining 24 graduate credits over Spring 2015 and Fall 2015, with a mandatory internship in the summer. It would cost about $8,000.
- It's $8,000 and one year for a M.A. in a school I like with faculty I like. I don't have to take the GRE, pay application fees or get recommendations. I basically just have to get a few pieces of paper signed.
- There are several classes very relevant to my interests (2 stats courses, data applications, survey research). I don't think I would be able to handle a master's in statistics, so it would be nice to take more application-focused math classes.
- It gives me more time to find internships and learn more technical skills before applying for jobs.
- I'm not entirely sure what doors this degree will open up for me. I'm not entirely sure what kind of career I want to pursue. In a way, this is just putting off my inevitable post-college job search.
- I've been researching the degree and the types of jobs it leads to, and it seems like a very general degree with no set career track. It also seems like people generally work for a while and then come back and get this degree, so looking alumni profiles aren't really indicative of the types of jobs I could reasonable get.
- I will be 24.5 years old when I graduate, having never worked a full-time job. I've been a full-time college student since Fall of 2009. I'll have some volunteer work, internships and technical skills, but no work experience other than jobs in high school.
Does anyone have any advice? Ultimately, I would like to work in public opinion research/polling for an advocacy group or campaigns, but I haven't seen many entry-level positions for people with bachelor's degrees. I feel like it would be better to pursue a master's in statistics, but I don't think I can handle it intellectually and I know I can't handle it emotionally or financially. I'm planning on speaking with all of my advisers and the director of the program, but I would appreciate some outside input. Thanks for any help!