What is a Masters Degree?

What is a Masters Degree?

Whatever your particular field of study in university, there is more often than not an accompanying master’s degree program to help take your education to the next level. A master's degree means you have mastered a topic or subject and possess a high order of intellect on the given topic you have studied. A person that holds a master's degree in their given topic will have advanced knowledge, an ability to teach or train others in that field, analytical skills and be able to critically evaluate the subject in a masterful way.

The most common titles given to a person holding a master degree are the Master of Science or the Master of Arts. You will even have letters after your name which could look something like M.A., MSc, M.Si, or MCA. There are a number of different types of master's degrees; the integrated master's degree, an executive master's degree and a post-graduate executive master's degree. The post-graduate degrees are usually taken by a student that has gained a bachelor's degree in their given topic and then wishes to advance to a master's degree.

There are over 100 specific master's degrees available in North America. The list ranges from Adult Education, Applied Sciences, Clinical Medical Science and City and Regional Planning to Cross Cultural and International Education, Electronic Business Technologies, Environmental Science and Forensic Science and Law to Urban Planning.

But what makes a master's degree such a much-wanted accolade to have? Why would anyone choose to pursue a master's degree and what could they use it for? A master's degree will certainly help individuals to achieve gainful employment and move up within the ranks of a company. This in turn would yield a higher salary* – an average worker in the US earns around $2,400 per month, whereas an employee holding a master's degree earns, on average, around $5,200 per month.

The skills and quality you will achieve following the master's degree qualification would also look very impressive on your resume and will show to potential employers that you have employability qualities. After achieving a master's degree you will also be able to further transfer and enhance your skills in the arenas of problem solving, critical analysis, communicating, information technology and independent thinking. A master's degree holder may even go on and teach others about the topic that they have clearly mastered.


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