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Is graduate school worth it?

I am considering about going to graduate school after undergraduate to further my studies but sometimes, I just wonder if it is worth the time and money. #graduate-school

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David’s Answer

I went to grad school full time for a year (two semesters) right out of undergraduale. I then finished my Masters part time while working a job in my field.


The degree was worth it. It has helped with carreer advancement and with obtaining certain jobs. I would say about 60% of the specific information that I learned in those classes still applies 20 some odd years later. However that can vary.


Would I do it again? I would definately get the degree again. As for full time, that I don't know about. Teh job I had when I first got out of grad school did not have any sort of tuition assistance, but the job I have now does. Maybe if I knew I was going to find a job with tuition assistance, I would have taken the job and gone part time.


I will say again, though, getting that degree is worth it. It has definately helped my carreer. In fact, I keep kicking around the idea of going back again for an MBA in addition to my MS.

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Lo’s Answer

It really depends on what you would be going to Graduate School for. I have a MSc in Psychology and now a MA in Counseling. The MSc was not really worth it because it is difficult to get licensed as a psychologist with a Masters degree where I live. I would suggest speaking to others in your field who have both gone to graduate school and who chose not to to see if it is really something that is going to advance your career and give you more opportunities. I am trying to decide if I want to continue for my PhD...but in my field a PhD might actually hinder me getting the job that I want. So in my opinion it really depends on the type of job you are looking to get once you graduate.

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