Benefits of the Degree

Benefits of the Degree


What can you expect to gain from acquiring an MA degree? Teachers in K-12 education find the MA quite valuable in advancing their careers. Employers in almost every form of business look upon the MA, regardless of area, as proof of a person's seriousness about education and determination to work within a complex institution to complete a fairly rigorous and challenging program. In some mysterious way, having the graduate degree forever sets you apart from those who never achieve it. The greatest benefit of the MA degree is that it signifies your power to think and act on a "higher level" than is expected of those who do not possess the degree. It presumably signifies your superior skill at analyzing, communicating, and motivating. It identifies you as a"problem-solver" who can lead, decide, or clarify the actions of others. If a PhD is your objective, you may decide that you will be seeking a doctoral program in Theatre Arts or Communications or Gender Studies or Cultural Studies or Media Studies or Comparative Literature, and so forth, all of which accommodate performance-oriented research.