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So I have decided to go back to school and get my Masters and I am looking toward an MBA. I am also entertaining the idea of a Masters in Environmental Management. Either of which I feel I feel I could use with my current profession (Safety consultant for Large insurance company) OR help move me into a better position with another company upon completion.

I am looking at going here http://www.webster.edu/gradcatalog/index.shtml They seem to have the programs I want, offer a MBA that is made up completely online OR at night. Anyone else gone back to school and done a completely online or completely at night cirriculum? Thoughts?

Looking to start Fall 09. OH and my current company offers 100% reimbursement for graduate level education so its kinda like a free masters.
 

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Amen..go for it Dude !!
 

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From everything I am being told by locals here both Webster University as well as Coastal Carolina University have great MBA programs. I want to visit both schools, talk to the dept. heads, see which MBA progam looks best and then decide if I want the MBA or MS in Environmental.
 

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I have been going back for my ME degree for over 3 years now. I am at the point where I HATE SCHOOL :!: :evil: I work 40-60 (or more) hours a week, have 160 acres with cows, equipment, etc, just had a beautiful little girl, and I love to hunt and fish. I am so burned out from school that I cringe when I think of it. Out of my first degree and my ME I have over 120 hours and I am not even close to a bachelor’s degree :cry: . I think I'm gonna go the business degree route. Those types of classes have always been a lot more easier for me than the technical stuff, even though I have a 4.0 with my ME. I love the tech stuff, but it takes sooo much time.

Bottom line- it takes a lot of work (if you have a full time job), it gets stressful, don't burn yourself out, and if you have accustomed yourself to ‘life after school' be ready for a change
 

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Do the classes you like when you have the time/money . Seems you want to learn...that's the deal . If you get a degree so be it .....don't let the program keep you from knowledge . You may "fill in the blanks" later :)
 

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I have always worked atleast 2 part time jobs while going to school full time and even on occasion worked a full time and part time job along with school so I know about the long hours.

Oh and it also took me 10 years to get my BS... But I got 2 other AS along the way working towards the BS.
 

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Cool!!

My wife wants to get her Nurse practitioners license and I have been trying to encourage her. It's just hard working full time 14hr shifts and then having enough time for school.
 

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Engineering is not offered online and no local universities offered classes at night (‘local’ is within 1.5 hour drive). My employer worked with my schedule, but it was tough. This is what it looked like or similar for 4 semesters:

Mondy- wake at 4:45. Work from 6:00 to 6:00 (12 hours). Study in my office from 6:00-9:00. Go home, eat, shower, kiss the wife, and go to bed (around 10:30)

Tuesday- wake at 5:30. Drive 1.5 hours to campus. Classes from 8:00 to 11:30. Drive 1.25 hours back to work. Work from 12:15 to 8:15. study from 8:15 to 9:15. Go home, eat, shower, kiss the wife, and go to bed (around 10:30)

Wed- like Monday

Thur- like Tuesday

Friday- sometimes I had to work, otherwise I would check on the stuff around the farm (cows, fence, feed, etc) and do a little homework, or errands.

Sat- If tests were coming up or I had a project or paper due I would work on it. More work on the farm or honey-dos

Sun- my free day. Church, family and hunting/fishing/drinking



A lot of time a monkey wrench was thrown into this schedule and it just made it worse. Getting called into work at midnight, having to skip class because something at the plant was happening, plant shut down/outage (14 hour days, 7 days a week, for 3-6 weeks), cows broke through the fence, water pipe busted, clutch went out in my ranger, business trip out of state for a week, etc.

I just couldn’t do it anymore, especially with my new baby girl.
 

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Used to be a College degree meant something...

Now its just another requirement. Any time you can get Free, paid or reimbursement for education or training - take it! Not so much because it changes much of anything, but it does show that you are willing to go the extra step. If you don't take it, that's another excuse they can use when it comes time for raise or promotion. If you do, well - education is one fo the few things they can't take away from you. They may pull your license or certificate but education is something you take to the grave with you ...unless you'er unlucky enough to get alzheimers.

This current job thing thats going on is the first time its gotten so bad that it hurting the white collar jobs at least as much as the Blue collar and trades. Lot of fall out in the software, IT and electronics works this time. Must be why its being called a Nation tragedy, qualifies as full blown recession instead of just stagflation? "Might want to cut and stack another cord (ya'll in California will just have to suffer, theres a law against burning wood fires, better to freeze that have some neighbor have to smell wood smoke) - I'm thinking this will be one long, cold winter, might last until this time next year! 'For the Sun comes out again.
 
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