The job market is tightening in higher education. It is increasingly harder for those graduating with PhDs to procure permanent, tenure-track teaching positions. This is a reality for those currently in the field of communication as explained by Dr. Carole Blair in her article "The Deprofessionalization of the Faculty," which was published in the May 2019 issue of Spectra. What is more, there is plenty of evidence that several institutions of higher education are likely to downsize, fail, or merge over the next decade. Current faculty are aware of the situation:
As the director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Communication at Southern Illinois University and professional career coach, students and other professionals frequently ask me about graduate school.
I will write another post in the future about graduate school in general with focus on the costs and benefits of continuing education.
In this post, I want to look at the Masters of Business Administration, or MBA. Because I teach business communication, many students I know are considering this as one of their post-undergrad options. I am not necessarily in favor of this degree nor am I opposed to it.
As with any decision, it should be made be considering the cost, benefits, and alternatives. Therefore, I have pulled together some of my favorite sources of information on the perennial debate: "To MBA, or not to MBA."
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