Triple-majoring in graduate school…

Fairfeld, H. (2007). Master’s Degrees Abound as Universities and Students See a Windfall. New York Times. September 12, 2007. Available online: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/12/education/12masters.html?ref=education.

Somehow, this makes me feel more normal:

And many students believe that these multiple degrees are highly valuable in today’s competitive job market.

Rey A. Phillips Santos has three graduate degrees gracing his résumé: two master’s and one in law. After completing the master’s of arts program in the social sciences from the University of Chicago, he decided to go on to the Chicago-Kent College of Law, in a joint-degree program in environmental management with the Stuart Graduate School of Business.

“There is a huge demand for credentials in high-level jobs now,” said Mr. Phillips, who is a lawyer for the Chicago city government. “Each of my degrees helped me to get a leg up in the job market, and earn higher salaries than I would have otherwise. They were great investments.”

(Though, in fairness, Mr. Santos seems to be building up an M.A., M.B.A., J.D. pedigree, while I’ll stick to the M.A., M.A., Ph.D. wilderness.)

Another good part about such a crazy track? Avoiding tunnel-vision lock-in.

4 thoughts on “Triple-majoring in graduate school…”

  1. I actually worry sometimes that equating degrees with credentials is opening the door for more diploma mills and not-so-great proprietary colleges that are out to sell “credentials,” not necessarily the relevant experience and skill one needs to succeed in a job (not just at the job market game).

    I can relate to Mike from PhD Comics, though: yesterday I read a 400-year-old book, and later struggled to subtract 79 from 88. My skill set ain't exactly Wall Street material.

  2. “I actually worry sometimes that equating degrees with credentials is opening the door for more diploma mills and not-so-great proprietary colleges that are out to sell “credentials,” not necessarily the relevant experience and skill one needs to succeed in a job (not just at the job market game).”

    Excellent point, and great tie-in to your post on Shakespeare [1]!

    “I can relate to Mike from PhD Comics, though: yesterday I read a 400-year-old book, and later struggled to subtract 79 from 88. My skill set ain't exactly Wall Street material.”

    The other weekend we struggled to calculate 20% of $9. Heh.

    [1] http://primroseroad.blogspirit.com/archive/2007/09/14/the-authorship-coalition-pt-2-shakespeare-goes-to-college.html

  3. Amazing what one finds when one Googles one’s own name.

    Glad to be of comfort. The business degree is actually a Master of Science in Environmental Management, not a straight MBA. I considered the MBA, but not at this point in my life. The last two degrees, both professional, have been much more directly useful, i.e., I haven’t had to get as creative as I did when I had my B.A. and my M.A., but then, I’m a lot more focused now. Best of luck with the Ph.D.

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