Jan 09, 2014
Graduate School of Political Management or School of Life? Do you need grad school to run a political campaign?
Is Graduate School of Political Management worth it? In a word: Maybe. It depends on what your goals are, like just about everything else in life. There are ever increasing opportunities to get master’s degrees in non-traditional ways and, depending on what you want to do with this degree, it may make sense to devote the time and resources to school. Campaign management is a real profession, don’t let the ripped jeans and hoodies fool you. Campaign managers are hard working, organized, multi-tasking, savvy professionals (at least the good ones are) and those are skills honed with experience and learning. If you are interested in a career in research, data, political theory and history, then by all means, go to campaign management school. But, in my opinion, if you want campaign management for your career, you can get the experience you need to become a successful campaign manager by actually working on campaigns.