13 May 6 take-aways from my Syracuse grad school experience
I’ve recently had a good number of friends ask about Communications at Syracuse, the online master’s program, after seeing me go through it. Here are some answers to FAQs:
1. How much time does it require?
When they say eight hours of study per class, per week (two classes per trimester over 15 months), that’s no joke. But if you lock in the time and have the support of family, friends and colleagues who you will undoubtedly pull into your assignments, it’s totally doable. Commit to the time and you’ll do it. You must also have the ability to work independently. The course load is challenging. It’s not just some “online thing.”
2. Did I learn all I hoped to?
Yes, and more. The program is pretty broad-based and improving. I think I’d like to learn more about coding, but that was something I learned afterward.
3. Was I able to make meaningful connections?
Absolutely. There are obvious things you miss from being able to reach over to a buddy next to you when you’re working out a problem, but we created our own online social universes that kept us quite connected. We helped each other out — personally and professionally in many ways — and now we’re all part of the #Syracusemafia.
4. What about the cost?
I don’t know what the price tag is now, but it’s not cheap, and there were no scholarships available when I started. I don’t know if that’s the case now. But loans picked up the cost — for now.
5. Why Syracuse?
Because it has the name brand and assortment of practical studies to help get me to the next level in my career. I want to be at the center of a newsroom. The journalism innovation bent was a total plus. I looked at a lot of places when I started and Syracuse stood out, hands-down.
6. Anything else?
If I ever want to teach full-time, a master’s is required — at the minimum — and this fit into my lifestyle. I wasn’t going to be able to trek into the city for other master’s programs.