Q: Just read your Q & A on the master's-while-working question. I hope you'll take the question a bit further.
I, too, am looking toward teaching college journalism once I've tired of the grind, and have begun to inquire about pursuing a master's for that purpose one class at a time. However, I've been told I'll probably have to find one grad program at one school and complete it there, over a period of years.
You certainly know how transient reporters can be. Is there a way to get a master's without having to commit to one city for the years it takes to complete that degree?
A: Universities are less willing to accept transfer credits in graduate programs than they are in the undergraduate programs. When they put their seal of approval on a graduate, they want to have done the schooling.
You have options:
- Look for the graduate programs that can be completed the fastest. Columbia and the University of Illinois can be done in a year. The new program at City University of New York takes three semesters, full-time. The University of California-Berkeley takes two years.
- Take more than one course at a time and take them year-round.
- Resolve to stay put until you graduate -- or to move only to towns that accept a lot of transfer credits -- and do it when you can still transfer them.