Jemutesonekh Posted October 31, 2009 at 02:03 PM Report Share Posted October 31, 2009 at 02:03 PM I'm thinking about getting an M.A. in Chinese studies. How useful a job qualification would it be if I didn't go on to get a Ph.D.? I majored in a subject unrelated to Chinese studies in undergrad, but have subsequently become very interested in China, particularly Chinese cultural history. I want to further my interest in an academic program, but don't want to do so if it won't lead to interesting China-related career opportunities. At this point, I'm not sure whether I'd want to get a Ph.D., so I want to confine this question to opportunities an M.A. can help provide. Here are some of the possibilities I can think of. How much would an M.A. help to get these sorts of jobs? What others are there? - Government (e.g., State Department) - Nonprofit with a focus on or including China - Entry-level researcher at a think tank or some other sort of research institution - Teaching at a high school - Teaching at a community college - Teaching at an English-speaking university in a developing country - Journalism (would a Chinese studies M.A. matter at all as a qualification in this field relative to previous experience or publication record?) - Business (increased opportunities in the business world are frequently cited on Chinese studies M.A. program websites, but it's difficult for me to imagine how the degree would lead to a job at, e.g., a company with operations in China; if it could, how?) Thanks in advance for your help! (x-posted to Ask Metafilter) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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