Master's Degree Programs

Master's Degree Programs

There are four main types of master's degree programs a student can take at university. The Post-graduate master's degree is designed for those that have taken a bachelor's degree in their chosen topic and are ready to move forward to gain a master's.

Master's degrees are qualifications that can hold two different titles; the Master of Arts and the Master of Science. Ivy League schools in the US use the Latin abbreviations AM or SM as the letters that will go after your name once you have attained a master's degree. There are a number of abbreviations that can be added as letters to go after your name once you have gained a post-graduate master's degree; the most common ones are MA, MSc, MSW, MC, MBA and Med.

The second type of master's degree is the Post Graduate Research Master’s Degree; this is a qualification that would see abbreviations going after your name in the manner of MRes, MARes, MSCRes and MPhil. Again, this type of master's degree is designed to be useful for students that have already gained a bachelor's degree and now want to stretch their knowledge further using significant research components. It is also useful to take this type of master's degree for those that have already produced publications on the subject. Anyone that wishes to pursue more intensive research on the chosen topic should take this type of master's degree.

The third type of master's degree is the Executive Master's Degree; this qualification carries the abbreviations of EMBA or EMS after your name. It is a master's degree for business and executive professionals and the courses are designed and often sponsored by firms or organizations that employ the students. What is very different about the executive master's program is the structure of the course differs from the post-graduate master's degree and the post-graduate research master's as graduation and admission requirements are subject to the agreement between the company sponsoring the degree course and the university holding the course.

The fourth type of master's degree is the Integrated Master's Degree which is an undergraduate level qualification combined with an extra year's study as a master's degree. The first three years of the program are much like a bachelor's degree and the fourth year is more of a master's level of study. Hence, the name Integrated; meaning the degree integrates a bachelor's and a master's degree within the four-year study period.


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