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10/18/10 12:25 A

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yeah, i totally get that idea--i never take out loans--did it once and it took a while to pay back, i'm doing it all out of pocket, and if i can't afford 2 classes that semester, i'll just do one instead.

as far as a paper-writing heavy class vs. a hands-on computer and creation class goes, i'm wondering if i could do it because I know i couldn't do two paper-writing heavy classes in 1 semester again (that's what made me not do masters work for this whole year--had a nervous breakdown of sorts).

i've got some time to think, and the class schedule doesn't come out til next week, so i've got some time to make plans (and find out if the classes i need/want to take will be available--i'll need to get that DMS prerequisite out of the way before i can even get into the program as it is)

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10/15/10 12:09 P

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Both topics sound really interesting and worth studying. My question is specifically about the benefits of 2 master's degrees. You may be able to build the equivalent knowledge base without completing all of the requirements for 2 programs.

Because I am a big school nerd, I get the interest in 2 programs. But I don't know if the payback would be there.

There is typically an advantage in terms of available opportunities and potential salary with more education. But I don't think you would see a pay bump with 2 masters that way that you would going from a bachelors to a masters, or a master to a doctorate.

So, by all means, study the things you are passionate about. But don't pay more money (or egad! take out more loans) just to get another degree.

(edited because I am a terrible speller)

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10/10/10 7:02 P

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digital media studies kinda emphasizes a degree you already have--its the way they set it up. if you wanna go into accounting or build your own business, you can lean it more into web design and business related paths. there's nothing in the history program, though, that'd let me get the training to become a documentary filmmaker, but there're courses to learn video production and concept creation in the digital media studies. its an odd masters program, but its not something you get a bachelor's in first. this plan would give me tools to use my history background for communication beyond just writing books or papers. no electives in history would have any focus on film production or film at all (except some history of film, but it wouldn't teach me how to make them).

dunno if i addressed the question--not sure how else to say it right now, though

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10/10/10 9:11 A

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Is there any way you could just get a masters in history with an emphasis on digital media studies?

I had a dual concentration in my masters program - which basically meant all of my elective credits were pretty much spoken for - but I don't know if there is enough added benefit to the second degree to justify doubling the amount of coursework you would need to take.

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10/1/10 9:33 A

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I see your point--i'm already 2 classes into my History Masters degree (american history specialty--maybe), and the other Masters would be in Digital Media Studies (if i get the answers i need monday). They're in the school of Human Sciences and Humanities, but probably different enough that i wouldn't confuse them too badly--not to mention one'd be largely paper writing and the other seems more hands on with technology and projects.

I did 2 history courses last fall at the same time and the amount of paper writing nearly killed me (i freaked out so bad i didn't sleep for nearly 2 weeks waiting for my grades). I can only afford a MAX of two courses a semester, so if one was in History and one was in Digital Media, it probably wouldn't be so bad.

The beauty also is, perhaps, that i'd be finishing my History degree sooner anyway (by at least 2 semesters, if my 2 classes/sem plan works out), which means i'd finish up my final project/capstone/thesis/whatever before i'd have to do the one for digital media studies.

at least, that's the idea. I just dunno enough yet about this new degree plan (if only they had a geography master's degree where i was at, dang it--but i've heard few colleges do--weird)

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10/1/10 6:21 A

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It would depend on how closely linked the two masters were. If the two were reasonably close, a synergy might develop that would result in better understanding of the material?? maybe?

Personally, I would think it would be very difficult to switch between the two areas. I am currently working on my second masters and I know I could not have done this one along side of my other masters.



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9/28/10 3:07 P

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Hey howdy!

I grabbed a copy of the graduate school catalog a few weeks ago and had lots of fun looking through it (the same rush prepubescent and pubescent boys get looking through a victoria's secret catalog, i get looking through my school one...revealing, huh?). I discovered something brand spanking new, new as of the past year. I am a History major and want to continue that degree, but I found a new degree plan for Digital Media Studies, apparently the first of its kind in our state. I am trying to talk to the department head and other instructors about the plan, but haven't been able to yet. From the look of it, that's something i'd wanna be part of.

When it comes right down to it, i wanna learn about the stuff they're providing classes on, so why not get a degree in it and learn it at the same time?

Well, I'm curious if anybody's done two Masters degrees at the same time. we have 2 options here: simultaneous and non-simultaneous, and i'd love to know how it worked out for you and how you had to change things around (if at all) in order to do that. I'd take it slow, like 1 class from each major (2 in all) each semester, so as not to overload myself too bad, or something like that.

Just curious what you guys would/did have to do.

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