Should I Get a Communications Degree?

Why Get a Communications Degree

To be completely honest, I never pictured myself attending graduate school, especially online.  It was always sort of intimidating to me. I was nervous about being accepted as my undergraduate GPA was not the highest. I was also scared about the possibility of having to take entrance exams – so much work and studying to prepare for those and that is all just the admissions. Then, I sort of had a preconceived image in my head that graduate school was only for all the most brilliant people and it would be impossibly hard. The costs of a program also were daunting to me – why get a communications degree if it will take me years to pay back?.

As for my concerns, my college adminissions counselor spoke with me a number of times and helped relieve some of my nervousness. It’s good to think about the process just one step at a time and your counselor is there for you through it all. I knew that I had a strong career history, could get excellent references and could tell Purdue why I really wanted this communication graduate degree program. If your passion is communications, and you want growth both personally and professionally, this program could be for you. A former boss gave me great advice when he said, “Look at it like running a marathon - it’s not a sprint. Just pace yourself.” I still remember this quote today as it’s important not just in the application process but while you are actually a student as well.  

My overall takeaway from the whole process - no matter how nervous you are, becoming a Master’s student in the Purdue Communications program will change your life for the better in so many ways. Sometimes you have to take smart risks in life in order to expand your world and challenge yourself.  Applying to graduate school is one of these smart risks. It is not the end of the world if things don’t work out, but you have nothing to lose.

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Christine Tamms 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

Christine Tamms is a Marketing Associate at Cambridge University Press in New York City where she works on global market research initiatives. She also serves as the NYC corporate communications representative with their UK communications team by providing insight, local knowledge and feedback in relation to all aspects of communication activities. She is a Clemson University alumna and studied at a semester at French business school during her undergrad. Christine is also a member of the New York City Junior League.

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