I am looking for info/feedback on the SUNY Maritime Masters program. I am 28 and already have a bachelors degree in political science with an associates in business. Additionally, I went to law school for a year. After interning in a law office I came to the conclusion that law school/law in general is not for me. I do not want to work in an office or sit at a desk all day. I have worked on farms, done landscaping, and worked in a warehouse for 4 years. I am used to physical work and long work days. But I am sick of barely making enough money to get by.
The sea and shipping industry has always fascinated me. Consequently, I have been doing a lot of research on the maritime industry and have read many threads on this site (which is a great resource). I am now thinking seriously about trying to enter the maritime industry. After doing a lot of reading, I have narrowed my choices down to 2 options: 1) SUNY Maritimes’ International Transportation Management MS Degree with the 3rd Mates Unlimited license or 2) The MITAGS Workboat Academy Program.
Is the SUNY MS degree really worth going back to school for? Especially considering I already have a BA and I am more interested in working at sea than on shore? But I also have read that a 3rd mates unlimited license can open many more doors(deep sea, etc.) that the MITAGS program cannot offer. I really do not want to spend unnecessary time at school if I don’t have to. Given my situation, it seems that the Workboat Academy Program is the better choice of the 2. Or maybe before making a financial commitment I should work as a deckhand to see if this is something I really want to do for a career? I am interested in any feedback, advice, opinions, others more knowledgeable than myself may have. Thanks to all who respond.