Should I pursue an MA in Higher Education Administration?
June 14, 2014 12:18 PM Subscribe
I am currently working my dream job in the Advancement/Development office of my alma mater. I've only been there four months, but I love it and they are already talking about promoting me! Yay! The only problem is that I need to earn Masters degree if I want to travel the career trajectory my boss plans for me. I have applied and been accepted at a relatively good Higher Education Administration graduate program with a concentration in fundraising management, and am due to start a summer class in just a few weeks, but I am feeling unsure.
When my boss mentioned that I needed a Master degree, he suggested Higher Education Administration. I did some research and applied to a relatively highly ranked graduate school in our area, and was accepted. I've received funding and am scheduled to begin a summer course soon. I am an avid reader of The Chronicle of Higher Education, and I've noticed MHEAs get little to no respect in the forums there and some people have even said MHEAs are scams.
Bearing the above in mind, if I attain an MA in Higher Education Administration, will it be worth anything to a hiring manager in the Advancement office at another school, or is this a meaningless degree with low or no ROI? In order to get promoted, I need to put a few more letters behind my name, so I need to pursue a Masters in something, I'm just not sure what. If I want to continue my career as a fundraising professional at a college or university, what Masters degree should I pursue, if Higher Education Administration is a bad option?