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Balancing family, work and earning a master’s degree

By Mary Bowen, Kansas State University

You’re already juggling work and a family. Is it possible to add one more thing such as pursuing a master’s degree to the mix? Continuing your education will help advance your career, but the thought of adding one more thing to your busy life is daunting. With the advances in online learning, it is possible to earn a master’s degree without giving up your family or career.

Programs like Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness (MAB) distance degree are designed for working professionals. These programs allow students flexibility to fit learning around their schedules, but are structured enough to keep students on pace.

“The MAB program’s flexibility met my professional and personal life; I wasn’t tied to a class schedule at nights and weekends, and I could work on my course assignments at home, on a plane or in a hotel room. Most importantly, the instruction is extremely high quality and the professors focus on exactly what students need on a practical level to help them excel in their businesses,” said Steve Brody, Master of Agribusiness Industry Advisory Board member and Global Director, Business and Biotech Affairs with DuPont Pioneer Ag and Nutrition Biotechnology Affairs, Johnston, Iowa. “It was exactly the type of program I was looking for.”

Many employers see the value in continuing education for their employees, especially if the program does not take employees away from the job.

 

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