What is a Masters Degree

In a society where more and more people are completing their bachelor’s degree, the master’s degree becomes the extra clout many need to take the next step up the career ladder. A master’s degree is for today what a high school diploma was in the 50’s and a bachelor’s degree was in the 70’s. It’s the difference maker between you and the rest of the pack.

At a time when education is held as a premium, many are investing the one to three years to attain to the master’s level. Colleges and universities have tailored programs to fit the lifestyles of the educated workforce who want to pursue a graduate degree. Many programs are designed to allow for a more intense course of study leading to a master’s degree in one year of evening or weekend studies.

In theory, having obtained a bachelor’s degree, an additional 32 to 50 college credit hours in upper level studies is required to receive the master’s degree. Depending on your major, the requirements may be different for you . Some programs still require a thesis or oral presentation before the degree is conferred. However, many now let the successful completion of the classroom study and projects stand in place of these examinations and specialized research. You still must prove your ability to perform the tasks at the higher level.

A master’s degree is intended to mean that you have narrowed your field of study to a specific area and have achieved a more in depth understanding and personal knowledge of the material. An example of this would be the Master of Business Administration or MBA. Before someone today sits for their Certified Public Accountant examination, they will normally have completed their MBA. Most school administrators today must have at least a master’s degree in education before they can be considered for the position.

Many high school teachers are required to be pursuing or to have their master’s degree to keep their teaching certificate in force. Many social worker’s positions are now requiring a master’s in social work to be considered for the job. Seminary graduates earn their master’s degree before graduation. Even the military is encouraging master’s level training to move up in the officers’ ranks. Most master’s degrees, whatever the field, require proof that you can function independently in your field of study away from the classroom. The master’s degree implies proficiency in the application of the knowledge to your chosen field.