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Benefits of Going Back to School for a Master’s Degree

The decision to go back to school and earn a communications graduate degree is a big one. There is both a time and monetary commitment that can’t be taken lightly. On top of the commitment, going back to school can be intimidating, especially years after graduating from college.  

When I decided on going back for a master’s degree, I was over two years out of college.  I was still new to the working world but knew I wanted to continue to academically develop in the field of communication. Since I wanted to keep working throughout graduate school, I began brainstorming all of the obstacles and potential set backs I would encounter.  

There was only one obstacle that kept coming up as something that would make returning to school difficult – time management.

I knew after working a full day it would be hard to manage my time and get all of my schoolwork done.

Luckily, after an extensive graduate school search I found Purdue University and its Masters of Science in Communication online program. This program has been great for me and since there are no live lectures to watch or listen to I am able to build a schedule that works for me.

With the syllabi always available, I can map out what days I am going to dedicate to reading, the days I will dedicate to written work and when I am able to take a day off. The Master of Science in Communication online program is an excellence choice for anyone wanting to return to school but who also want to maintain some semblance of their career and lifestyle.  

No matter the program, graduate school is a big commitment. With dedication and some creative use of time it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Have you thought about returning to school?

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Caroline Matis is a student in Purdue’s online Master of Science in Communication degree program. The program can be completed in just 20 months and covers numerous topics critical for advancement in the communication industry, including crisis communication, social media engagement, focus group planning and implementation, survey design and survey analysis, public relations theory, professional writing, and communication ethics.

About the Author
Caroline Matis is a seasoned communications professional with three years of experience in public relations, social media and digital marketing. After graduating from University of Dayton in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Caroline started her career in the nonprofit world There, she was able to hone her communication skills as well as dabble in graphic design. Now, Caroline resides in Chicago, IL working in corporate communications as social media specialist for a leading manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, Medline Industries, Inc. Aside from balancing work and school, Caroline is an avid runner and Netflix enthusiast.

*The views and opinions expressed are of the author and do not represent the Brian Lamb School of Communication.