Grad School

I have finally submitted (and paid for) my graduate school applications after spending weeks reviewing and re-reading my applications. I came close to submitting them several times before but kept getting intense feelings of nervousness before I could hit ‘send’.

I believe that I am making the right decisions, that I will enjoy my Masters experience, and that I will contribute something new to my field with my thesis. But now it means I have to wait months until I hear back to determine if I will be one of the select few allowed in.

Now, I have to finalize my thesis proposal, proving that my research will be something new; this also pretty much determines what kind of work I will be doing for the remainder of my academic career and what I will be an ‘expert’ in.

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The Graduate School Debate… Continued

I’ve been loosely looking into different graduate programs and schools to try to find something that I feel best fits my goals and interests and that I feel I would love.

Here are some of my ideas.

Master of Public Administration at Queen’s

What I like about this program is that it is an extremely concentrated degree taking place in only 12 months instead of the usual 2 years.

Social and Political Thought at Acadia University

I really like the interdisciplinary nature of this program and that it would allow me to further develop my own research interests and ideas.

Master of Public Administration at Dalhousie University

I love the east coast and I love Halifax, I wanted to go to Dalhousie for my undergraduate but my family felt staying in Ontario would be best. I also like how developed Dalhousie’s graduate school is as it would allow me to take courses across a number of Faculties.

Master of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University

While this is a two year degree, it includes a paid internship and has research supervisors who specialize in gender, international policy, sustainability, governance, and a ton of other areas I’m also interested in.

Master of Public Service at the University of Waterloo

This is also a 2 year degree however only 1 year is in class, the second year consists of an internship or co-op. The downside is that the co-op is done through career services and is limited to placements with national, provincial or local agencies. The course structure is also fairly set in stone with little to no electives or opportunities to specialize.

Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University

This is a program that can be done in 12 months and I believe it would open more doors for me in the field of International Development as well as in other fields as well. It also allows me to specialize in a number of different areas.

Master of Arts in Political Science at Memorial University

I particularly like that I would be able to do a one year degree including the internship or research paper, however I’m not as excited about having a Master of Arts.

The Graduate School Debate

Now that it’s nearing the end of our third year and we prepare for our placements, a nagging question in the back of my mind (and probably a lot of others as well) is whether I should go to graduate school.

I’ve always wanted to do a masters and potentially go on and do more after that, but is it in my best interests to go right after my undergrad or should I take some time and get some additional experience beforehand? Would I even be taken seriously for potential jobs with only one degree? Then on the other hand how do I choose a graduate school and program, what do I base that decision on, and how do I narrow down my research interests? Do I want a course work, thesis, or internship based masters?

 

Any ideas?