Attending a Master's Degree Program

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Learn the ins and outs of earning a master's degree.


When many people think of graduate school, they think of earning a PhD. Today, master's degrees are growing in popularity because their role has evolved into one of higher importance.

Earning your master's degree can be a ticket to a career change, a promotion or an increase in salary.

Typically a two-year program, students attend a master's degree program after earning their bachelor's degree. They may attend graduate school right after graduating from college, or they may choose to return to school after working in the field for a few years.

It is becoming increasingly common for non-traditional students, adults over the age of 25, to continue their education with a master's degree to get a promotion, or to change careers entirely. In an age when more people are having two or three careers in their lifetime, a master's degree provides the knowledge to be able to pursue that new career.

Types of Master's Degrees

There is some confusion over the difference between a Master of the Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MS) degrees. Actually, there is no difference between the two types of programs. Whether a school uses MA or MS is a personal preference.

There are also certain majors that have specialty degrees. For example, you can earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA), which leads to an advanced general business degree. Or, students interested in pursuing a career in social work would pursue a


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