Master's Degree Details Video

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So, you've earned a bachelor's degree? Now what? If going back to school sounds like a good idea you might want to consider earning a Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in graduate school!

What is a Master's Degree?

A master's degree is an advanced degree awarded by most colleges and universities. The master's degree is a one to three-year full-time program, beyond the bachelor's degree, that involves an in depth and focused study on a single discipline.

Program Requirements

A bachelor's degree is usually a prerequisite for students entering a master's degree program. Master's degrees typically require one to three years of post-baccalaureate study towards the completion of about 30 credit hours. Many programs also require completion of a research report or thesis. Students must also maintain a minimum grade point average to earn their degree.

What are the Degree Options

Many students pursue master's degrees as an extenson of their bachelor's degrees, choosing a course of study that complements their degree focus. Other students choose a master's degree program that is entirely different from their bachelor's degree.

Two of the most commonly awarded degrees are the Master of Arts (M.A.), awarded in the humanities and social sciences, and the Master of Science (M.S.), awarded in mathematics, science and engineering. There are also several specialized or professional master's degrees available, such as:

  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
  • Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Why Earn a Master's Degree?

Students decide to pursue a master degree for a variety of reasons. For some, it is a passionate interest in their chosen discipline that drives them to learn more. Some professional or technical areas of study require a master's degree for entry-level positions. Others earn a master's as a prerequisite for earning a doctorate degree. Some students, especially those in a liberal arts discipline, choose to earn a master's degree in a new field, such as business, to expand their employment opportunities. Many others hope to increase their income potential by entering the workforce with an advanced degree.


Graduate school isn't the right choice for everyone but it can be a intellectually rewarding exprerience that may also be an advantage in landing a well-paying job.


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