The best reason to pursue a master’s degree is to earn more money. It’s the same best reason for pursuing a bachelor’s degree. People who earn a higher education degree make more money over the course of their lifetime than do those that do not; that’s just the way it is. Of course, in both cases you have to pursue (and obtain) a degree in a field that has both openings and that values a master’s degree.
Consider the person that gets a degree in business; what sort of options are there for a person with a four year degree in business? Compare that with an MBA. The difference is obvious. Or consider a person with a degree in computer science; a field chock full of opportunity and high pay; still the fact remains, there is a ceiling for most people who spend their days working on computers. If that person wants to climb any higher up the ladder of success however, he or she might need to pursue a Master of Science in Information Systems Management, for example; a degree that will likely lead to a management position and the corresponding higher pay.
Along with higher pay, earning a master’s degree will, for most people, also help assure them of constant and continued employment, and quite often a higher degree of satisfaction with their job. This is because people who get a master’s degree are considered to be more valuable as an employee than people who don’t, and thus, they are treated better by the companies they work for, work under better conditions, and have more options as to what they will be doing all day long in a their job.
Again, this is all assuming the master’s degree obtained is in a field that both value’s a higher education degree and has a lot of openings for them. For example, a person with a master’s degree in almost any of the sciences, business, anything in the healthcare field, or law, tend to be in high demand; whereas people that get a master’s degree in, say, Greek literature or sociology might find their degree far less valuable or desired.
Another reason a person might pursue a master’s degree is because of the respect they will earn from their family, friends and colleagues. Most people know that it takes a bit of work to get a master’s degree and they also know that having done the work and obtained the degree, the person that has that degree can, in most instances, ever after be regarded as an expert in their field. Of course this is even more so if they continue with their education and get a doctorate, but a master’s is certainly a badge of honor that can be worn by only a small percentage of the population and will hold a lot of value for them for the rest of their life.
And that seems more than enough reason to pursue a master’s degree.