There are a number of reasons why I chose to pursue a Master of Science in Communication with Purdue University. First I had made the decision to earn my Bachelor of Science in Communication with University of Phoenix and upon completing my degree I was faced with growing negative publicity about for-profit schools and how many of them have taken advantage of students, especially veterans. This not only hurts the school’s reputation but the student’s as well.
I knew how much work I had put into earning my bachelors. I knew the quality of the education was valuable and I used what I learned in each class almost immediately in my career. I knew my instructors were established communications professionals, many with masters or doctorates from various universities. I knew with every part of my self, that I had earned a worthwhile degree that was valuable to me and my employers yet because I chose to attend a non-traditional university, I was facing potential challenges in my personal and professional life overcoming the stigma of taking the so-called easy road to a degree. There was nothing easy about my education but it’s hard to prove that when politics and the media paint such a pathetic picture.
I did my part to speak up about my satisfaction with my degree program at University of Phoenix and I even had the opportunity to share my opinion and experience in a commercial designed to counter the negative publicity and social media backlash. Even so I felt it would not be enough to overcome all the naysayers so I decided to look at other schools to earn my masters, specifically more traditional universities like Purdue.
The first reason I chose Purdue University was reputation. It did not matter who I talked to about the schools I was considering, everyone knew Purdue and thought highly of the university and its sports teams. My boss is a native of Indiana but a graduate of a rival university. Even though it did not make her thrilled that I was going to be a Boilermaker, she told me I had made a wise decision.
The second reason was the online program. I could do an online program or even an on campus program with one of the local universities but I felt I needed to go with one of the top programs in the U.S. for communications to make the most of earning a master’s degree. Everything I read about Purdue’s Brian Lamb School of Communication gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling and made me excited to get started.
The third reason that sealed the deal was cost. I had compared Purdue to a similar university with a comparable online program and Purdue’s program was about 1/3 of the cost of the other university’s program. I was actually shocked when my advisor told me the tuition for the entire program. I asked him twice if that was for the entire 18 months, not just part of it.
Now that I have completed three classes, I am more than satisfied that I made the right decision.
Krishna Jackson 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.
*The views and opinions expressed are of the author and do not represent the Brian Lamb School of Communication.