Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Master's Degree. Progress So Far.

After four months research, asking schools, my former professors, friends and school advisors. I have settled on a school and a degree programme to take my Master of Arts degree in History.

As the hope is to gain the degree in order to possibly teach in Community College, I placed a lot of weight on the advice of the professors at my Alma Mater community college, their advice for me was to go with National University.

Other people agreed that the university was more well known in this region of California and as they offered a full Master of Arts degree in History online, National seemed a long way ahead of the competition.

There was some delay as I talked to them regarding the course. They were uncertain as to my being able to cope with the pace of their course. They move very quickly, four weeks per class and the whole degree could be completed in just ten months.

I admit that pace may be too quick for me, but they do allow a one month break between classes. This would be a perfect opportunity for me to read ahead on textbooks, and prepare for the next class.

The new Intel Reader which I purchased a few weeks ago will help me have access to the texts. It does take time however to process a book, but with four weeks I can see that being possible.

As things stand I am now set for classes to begin on January 9, 2012. I could have begun classes as early as next week, but with Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holidays coming up I thought it best to concentrate on those, and making preparations to study at a slightly more relaxed pace.

My proposed timetable gives me an end to classes in about September 2013 and with submission of a thesis in early 2014 graduation in about the same time as a traditional Master's course timeline.

That is of course with the expectancy that the History Channel with all it's Nostradamus and Mayan Calendar prophecies forecasting the end of the world on 12/21/2012 is completely wrong. If it isn't and the world does end, it has the benefit that I get part way through an interesting course and won't have to repay a student loan for doing so!. :(