The desire and drive to continue your education will bring you much fortune, both financially and personally in your life. When you decide to obtain a master’s degree, you are stating to the business world that you are serious about your career and you are a highly qualified individual who has set the bar above the others. This will be be rewarded finacially with career advancement opportunities and it will bring a personal satisfaction to your life.
Now that you’ve decided to continue your education, you need to consider several things in order to choose the right program for you. First, you need to ask yourself how many years are you willing to be a graduate student. Most programs are one to two years long, but you might be surprised to hear that some graduate programs can take as long as four years. For instance, a master’s degree in pastoral counseling at some schools takes up to four years. When determining how long a master’s degree will take you to earn, look at not only credit hours, but consider how many credit hours you can personally handle a semester. Some universities have limits such as 9 credit hours and additionally, you might be working full-time or part-time and unable to devote yourself completely to school. Look at this realistically and think long and hard if you can handle studying long-term, or if other priorities in your life need to be focused on.
Next, ask yourself why a master’s degree is important to you. Is it a guaranteed promotion at work, personal satisfaction, or another reason? In short, do some soul searching to determine the importance of this degree.
Once you have calculated the time it will take you and the importance of the degree, think about what you are most passionate about in life. Are you working as an accountant, but your secret passion is photography? You might want to consider the master’s degree as an opportunity for a career change. Maybe you picture your life differently and you need a chance to pursue your dreams. Go for it! Now is the time.
Additionally, you need to look at the schools close to you, how much of a scholarship/financial aid you can obtain, and if Internet/distance education courses are offered, among other things.
Don’t forget to have fun learning and to make time to study every day to master the courses. After all, it’s called a MASTER’S degree for a reason!