Why would you go to graduate school?

4 months ago from , Product Designer at GrabCAD

I studied graphic design as an undergraduate. These days I have a sweet corporate user experience design job at a 3D printing company. As my career progresses (2.5 years of professional experience) I wonder if I should get a masters degree to become a better designer.

In the future I would like to manage other designers as a design director. Programs like Parsons Master of Science in Data Visualization interest me. But, I'm questioning if it's worth it to inherit 60k in debt for one year of education. When I'm currently making 87k as a designer in Boston.

  • Do you think it's worth it to go to graduate school?
  • Or should a person just work in the industry for long period of time to climb the corporate ladder, to gain practical experience?

3 comments

  • Wyatt CampizWyatt Campiz, 4 months ago

    It really depends on what you want to do with your career. It's always a battle between people on what they weigh heavier, education or experience. Down the road, I would like to teach at the higher ed level and that requires an MFA.

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  • Tony Jones, 4 months ago

    depends on where you want to work in the future. Some jobs don't weight education as much as others. I'd just ask the top person at the job how much they value grad school for climbing the ladder. Don't go and waste money on an expensive school though if it isn't part of a specific life plan. Just do the math between earning potential and cost of grad school. My job pays for school, so I wasn't as strict with the cost, but if I was paying out of pocket, I'd stay under $15K for an entire program. FYI Georgia Tech now has online Masters in Data Science under $10K for the entire program. Their programs are super difficult but rewarding.

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    • , 4 months ago

      Thank you Tony for your feedback! Yes that's what I am worried about. Ideally I do not want to waste money on an expensive grad program unless my earning power is substantially higher when I graduate. All of my managers that I've worked for have just had bachelor degrees and they have worked in the industry for a while.

      Getting graduate school paid for is a pretty sweet deal.

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