MPPplusDebt Posted December 22, 2010 Share Posted December 22, 2010 (edited) HI All, Me 30 yrs old - 5 years experience in the nonprofit sector (international). Currently work for a well-known international NGO in NY (in a mostly administrative, though well paid position) Considering an MPA/MPP degree, would prefer quant and econ-heavy. I have read dozens of posts here and in other forums and would really appreciate feedback on this hypothetical. This is how I see my options: 1. NYU-Wagner, stay at work, zero debt With my current salary and scholarships, I could probably attend NYU Wagner MPA part-time and finish the degree in 3 years with no debt. However I'm not sure I'm impressed with the courses/jobs of recent graduates. The school seems very focused on NGO management and public-finance which is not really my thing. Other alternatives (again hypothetical combo of savings and scholarships): 2. GPPI, SIPA, Harris, SAIS, Fletcher with maybe 70k in debt I have friends graduating from SIPA that are unable to find jobs and so I am reluctant to do this. That being said I know that these schools can open doors and give private sector options some others can't (which can help with the debt). 3. GWU or American in DC with significant scholarship (maybe 20k debt) I have heard good things about these programs. The downside is leaving my job in this economy, considering I have a relatively high salary already. This seems like a more reasonable risk but I wonder if it's worth it. Does it make sense for me to leave a well-paid (albeit boring) job in this economy to take on 70k or even 20-30k in debt for an MA degree? Any thoughts on my ramblings would be appreciated. Edited December 22, 2010 by MPPplusDebt Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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