As many of you know, I got accepted to Marist College and I am starting my Master’s program this week. I had the crazy idea to go full-time, in addition to my full-time work schedule. As I flip through my 40-page syllabus for class, I am starting to really doubt my decision!
Many professors have said that each class requires 17 hours of dedicated time each week. I am taking two, which equals 34 hours… in addition to my 40+ hour work week at TD. That is a total of 74 hours I will be either working or studying. With that said, something has to give. Being type A I want to give my all to school and focus on achieving good grades to stay in the program (it requires a B average).
Of course, if I find any spare time I will be happy to write a post or two, they just won’t be as frequent. Since we are here, I will give some details on the program and my plan of attack for graduate school.
I am working to obtain my Master of Arts (M.A.) in Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) at Marist College. The program is 100% online and deals with various marketing touch points and how to ensure a cohesive brand and message throughout each channel and customer interaction. This requires completion of 10 courses:
- Principles of Integrated Marketing Communication
- Public Relations Management
- Marketing Research
- Marketing Foundations
- Brand Management
- Global Consumer Insights
- Advertising Management
- Social Media Strategies & Tactics
- Analytical Tools for Decision Making
- Integrated Marketing Communication Capstone
My plan right now is to dedicate 100% of my free time to the program. Thankfully my schedule here in Georgia is wide open, which solves the problem of balancing work, school, and life! I bought my textbooks early and have read and re-read the first four or so chapters to give myself a head start. I have also made a calendar of all the projects and due dates for each class. A lot of the projects require group collaboration, which I think will be challenging since we are all from various geographies.
I am very excited to get these first two classes completed and gain some graduate school confidence. I will definitely miss writing, as well as reading everyone’s blogs. I have “met” some extremely special people through this blog and I am very thankful.