Well, today was my last day of class for this semester. I have next week of final exams and then commencment on Saturday morning May 10th. I have been thinking about this process (it has taken me six years) of getting a graduate degree (I have earned in M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Biblical Studies).
- I started in 2002
- I was single when I started, now I am married and a father of a two year old son
- We went from a two income household, to basically a one-income household (wife works p/t frm home)
- So far to this point it has cost me $12,036.01 for this degree. This includes fees, books, tuition, etc.
- I do not have any hard statistics on how many pages I have read, papers I have done, etc. I know that I have spent my share of time in the seminary library and I still have some time to invest there this week.
Now that I have completed this degree what is next? I am not totally certain. My plans are to continue here to finish the remaining 20 hours to obtain my MDiv (another two years). I do not know what the Lord may have in store. It would be very easy for me to ask some of the usual questions of myself or of this accomplishment, but I want to ask a different one.
Have we cheapened education in some form or fashion by making it a “requirement”?
Please do not misunderstand what I am saying. I can remember years ago that MBA’s were extremely rare and people who invested the time and effort were usually rewarded with good paying jobs, etc. Now MBA’s are a dime a dozen and the market is oversaturated with people with MBA degrees not working in their field, but taking lesser paying jobs to survive. I shift gears to the seminary side, are M.A.’s and MDiv’s the MBA’s of the theological world? I have no regrets in making this investment, but I remember back to someone telling me that having a graduate degree will open doors of opportunity that would not otherwise be open. I know that obtaining this degree is an accomplishment, but I know that it will not change anything at my secular job, I will not be given a pay raise or afforded any additional respect. I will remain a “cube dweller” monotonously keying contracts for 8 + hours a day. I had always figured that an accomplishment of this sort would have meant something in the secular world, but that is why I ask my question.
Well, I am waiting to see what is on the other side of those “doors of opportunity”?