|Quoting MarSciGuy (Reply 51):|
If you don't mind me asking, why? Admin sounds like what you would need to be a superintendent....Health Ed for a possible college position?
My very long term goals include the possibility of a PhD in the 10+ year future, but...
I don't mind you asking. I am currently the Director of Health Promotion at a university. This requires I know health education/public health and also higher education. My first Masters degree is Health Education. The first doctorate is Higher Education Administration. These two bring together the better parts of the work I do. The Doctorate degree is not required for my role - I am doing it for me. No promotion, no raise, just advanced learning that helps be perform better in my role.
As for future study - the second doctorate is really about the idea that I have high level research I want to do so why not earn a degree since I plan to do the research anyway.
The MPA program is like an MBA for those that don't want to work in corporate settings, and since I don't plan to leave higher education as a work setting, having some additional training in finance, and other administrative areas will compliment the Higher Education Administration degree (which has little formal work in finance surprisingly).
I really like education (can you tell?). Thus I will probably always be taking classes or working on a degree. I did 30 credits in another PhD program, not for the degree, but because I thought there was more I could learn (and I did learn).
This also helps with the teaching I do. While being a full-time administrator, I also teach one college course per term (this term it's Urban Health Systems and Institutions).
As for your plans to earn a doctorate - choose carefully. Many people start programs and never finish. In my program only about one third will earn the degree - mostly because they didn't truly understand the level of work, dedication, time, and personal sacrifice required to complete. It's not easy - but it can be very rewarding. Of course, I am strongly intrinsically motivated.
Always happy to help with education questions and suggestions (at least for US institutions).
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