It’s that time of year again, when the old year is behind us and we’re well into the new year, when I take a moment to panic and decide that my life isn’t where I’d like it to be and consider how to make it into that elusive ideal. And then I start looking at graduate programs.
I graduated from college nearly 15 years ago. I knew, even when I was an undegrad, that I was going to pursue a graduate degree. But it had taken me 7 years to get my bachelor’s degree (taking semesters off, going part time, working two jobs) and the last thing I wanted to do was go straight into another degree.
So I waited.
And I waited.
And I waited.
At least once or twice a year I take a good look at graduate programs and try to convince myself that it’s time to go back. I research websites. I ask for information packets. I attend information sessions.
Then I take a good look at the price tag.
And I start to make notes about the schedule.
And I take another look at the price tag.
And I remind myself that I don’t really need the degree.
And I wait another year.
I turn forty this year. I think it’s time to make up my mind on whether this is going to happen… or not.
I don’t have to try to go this year. In fact, I’m pretty sure I couldn’t pull off getting into a program for this fall. But I do think that I need to make a decision on when I’d like to go, which program is my preference, and start the paperwork.
So I’ve spent a few days looking at my options:
- University of Houston has a good part-time MBA program (Evening MBA)
- University of Houston Victoria has a Master of Science in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship Online program that looks interesting
- St. Thomas University has an evening MBA program and a Saturday MBA program
- Houston Baptist University promotes its MBA program as being “flexible” with scheduling and looks like it’s worth more investigation
- Texas Woman’s University Executive MBA
If I could go full-time, and it money wasn’t an issue, I’d also look at:
- Rice University
- Tulane University’s Houston Professional MBA
- The University of Texas at Austin’s Houston program (Texas MBA at Houston)
Know of any part-time graduate programs you’d recommend for a public relations professional?
Anyway, my research jag has just started. Now I’m going to start asking for packets and attending info sessions.
Wish me luck.