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When I got to work yesterday I found an email in my inbox telling me that my company has arranged a distance learning master's degree program with an engineering college in NJ. The company is going to cover most of the (substantial) cost, but I would have to pay about $2500 over two years out of my pocket.

When I read the proposal I was literally
at the prospect of being able to finally get my master's degree (I dropped out of grad school in 1999 after I got married). In addition, having a master's degree could pay off in a big way if I could get a higher level engineering position or management position because of it. If I became an engineer, the degree would pay for itself in about 3 months (it's that big of a raise!).

Part of me thinks I'm crazy for even considering it. I'm already burned out by working and taking care of DS during my off hours. DH is not available at all to help with DS due to his work schedule. My house is a mess, and the only reason dinner gets on the table is because I buy frozen meals and our nanny cooks them while I'm at work.

I'm afraid it would be impossible to study with DS around. My mother thinks he wouldn't be a problem as long as I managed my time well. He's getting older, and he is better able to entertain himself now. Also, I feel that I might be setting a good example for him - if he sees me studying he'll see that I put education high on my list of priorities.

I am torn over this whole thing. I really, really want to do it, but I'm afraid of screwing up. It's a long term commitment (Fall of 2006 to Spring of 2009, two semesters per year, two courses per semester) and I'm just on the fence about it right now.

Anyone done this kind of thing? Input would be appreciated.
 

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I would give it a try. Is there a penalty for not finishing? Is there a way you can do one class a semester at first-just to start slowly?

This is one of the things that could be problematic. The program is called a "lock-step" program and you absolutely have to do 2 classes per semester. I will actually probably have to do three classes from September-December this year because I'm pretty sure I'll have to take one prerequisite course. So once I'm in the program I pretty much have to complete it. I will have to get the specifics from the program director.
 
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