Monday, May 4, 2009

Getting a Master's Degree While You Work

Part of my new book will include a section on how I received a master's degree while working full-time. I pursued an MPH (master's in public health) through the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst School of Public Health. I was in a program with hundreds of other students who were also taking courses while working.

One common misconception is that you must have a master's degree to be successful in the non-clinical world of medicine. I'd say that's a myth. You don't need a master's degree to be successful. It may be helpful, especially if you're able to make some meaningful connections through your alumni network, but it's far from necessary. As modern distance-learning technology continues to improve, it becomes easier and easier to pursue a degree at your own pace. Would you pursue an MBA if you could do it slowly over 5 years? I would.

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