Chapter 6. Is Graduate School Right for You?


You may, of course, learn quite a bit, but in terms of career effects, the effects [of graduate school] are quite limited.

 --Jeffrey Pfeffer

The MBA is worth a lot. . . Sure, it’s not a perfect degree. . . But in an increasingly credential-crazed society, it definitely opens doors. . .

 --Business Week

You’ve graduated from college, and you’ve taken your first job. Or, perhaps you’ve been in that first job for a few years. You’ve learned a lot about the business world and about yourself, and now you’re wondering what comes next.

For many people, the answer to that question is graduate school. Full-time or part-time, days, nights, or on weekends, they attend classes toward getting a master’s degree related ...

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