How do I get my boss to pay for my master’s?

Friday August 16 2019

Caroline Mboijana

Caroline Mboijana 

By Caroline Mboijana

I would like to interest my boss of six years into paying some of my tuition fees for a Master’s degree. Please advise on how best I can convince them to. Christina

Dear Christina,
The key to getting financial support goes further than just influencing your boss. In many cases, there is a committee that signs off the expenditure, even though your supervisor will provide the recommendation.
Before you make a pitch, establish what the organisation’s position is on employee development. This includes whether a budget has been set aside for such programs and critically if there is a history of such support being given to staff.
A history of support would suggest a precedent has been set, even though allocation is on a case by case basis. Demonstrate how obtaining a Maters qualification will benefit both you and the organisation. Review your selected Master’s programme modules and identify how the knowledge gained will add value to the bottom line of the organisation or will enable you to have the desired impact from the organisations perspective.
Create a link between the programme and the add value to the organisation. A swaying factor is joining a programme linked to the sector/ industry or technical field that you are currently working in. This is an added advantage and will require you to select your program carefully.
Finally, clearly present and state the financial contribution you are going to make to the cost of completing the programme. Associated costs are more than just the tuition fees.
Supervisors and organisations are more inclined to support staff who show commitment by bringing a contribution to the table. Good luck.

Caroline Mboijana
Managing Director
The Leadership Team (U)