MISM or no MISM?

Last Wednesday, the application for the integrated Master’s of Information Systems Management program opened. This program is open to all Information Students. If accepted, only one extra year will be needed to graduate with both your bachelor’s and Masters in Information Systems Management.

This program is a wonderful opportunity for students to get their master’s degree in a quick and affordable manner. I plan to apply to the program this march.

Although I plan to apply, the question that rattles through my head is whether I want to do the program. Inarguably, it is a good choice. However, my alternative is also a good choice.

I can graduate this December with my Bachelor’s in Information Systems. After graduation, I can work full-time and begin to earn a salary that will be used as a “nest egg” to support me and my husband as he pursues his dream of getting his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. If I stay to get my master’s degree, he will be delayed almost two years and I will not have the opportunity to exercise my degree in the professional field.

What should I do?

Though my heart wishes to follow my husband and start a family, my head cannot justify letting this opportunity to graduate with my master’s degree pass me by.

The answer will remain unanswered until I am accepted into the program and have thoroughly weighed the pros and cons.

6 thoughts on “MISM or no MISM?”

  1. that is a tough choice!! I am in a similar situation for graduate school but it is between 2 years and 3 years. There are pros and cons to both, but the two year one really sticks out to me because then I could start a family sooner as well. Some people have told me that waiting one more year to have kids would not be that big of deal, but I still feel that it is something to seriously consider! Good luck with your decision!!

  2. My wife is in a similar position except with getting a Masters in Statistics. It is a hard decision, but I think the best way to think about these things is good, better, and best. I hope you get in! and I hope you are able to make your decision! Either way, life always works out.

  3. I think that having a masters is extremely important to having an edge in the job market. However, it is up to you. I hope you make the best choice for you.

  4. I wish you the best of luck in your decision! If it were me, I’d think about where you’d like to be in 5 years, and even 10 years. After that, prioritize and do the things that are most important to help you get there.

  5. Dang Jolene! That is a really tough decision, but I would have to agree with kyle on this one. Evaluate what is happening now in your life and where you want to be in the future and pick your plan accordingly! Good luck!

  6. That is a tough decision to make. My father got a PhD while raising three children. I believe from undergrad to PhD it took him about 16 years. So, to me, a two year delay would not be considered much. Whatever decision you make, feel confident in it.

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