Master of Public Administration Student Blog
There are many reasons someone pursues a master’s degree. I am willing to bet however that ninety five percent of the time it’s to pursue a specific career or advance within an organization.
Collaboration is an essential skill. Online groupings present unique challenges. You have the normal stresses of group work such as pairing with unresponsive members, poor work quality, and not doing work at all.
Getting into a graduate program that fits your style and personality can be a long and stressful journey. Sometimes it only takes the first week of classes to realize you made the right choice. That is exactly what happened for me at Anna Maria. I knew almost instantly I chose the right school.
It isn’t exactly easy to determine what graduate school will be for each person. Let’s just say it is continued learning with a swirl.
I would first like to commend you into looking at the online programs that Anna Maria College offers. I have been an online student with Ann Maria for just under four years. I am a firefighter in MA and the schedule that I work almost makes it impossible to attend classes on campus.
When searching for an online graduate program, several factors crossed my mind. Is it a “real” school; do they have a real campus with sports teams and dorms and academic buildings etc.? Do they have a real interest in academics or are they just a for profit money maker?
First and foremost you should understand one thing; an MPA is for the nonprofit sector, not private. If you are interested in the private field go for an MBA.
As a graduate student it is evident that by being able to further your education this far you have acquired enough time management skills to be successful.
If this is your first online program, start out small. Avoid overwhelming yourself with a full course load. Just take one online course during a semester to get a feel for how it all works and how well you like the program.
I would like to commend you for taking the next step towards your educational goal. My name is Adam Strome and I have been taking online courses at Anna Maria for just over three years. I recently obtained my bachelor’s degree and I am now pursuing my master’s degree.