Master’s Degree – The Basics

masters degree forensic scientistIf you’ve already earned a Bachelor’s Degree and have decided to further your education, you will be pursuing a graduate degree, otherwise known as a Master’s Degree.  Generally speaking, a Master’s Degree is an additional 30-60 credit hours on top of your Bachelor’s Degree and could take anywhere from 2 to 3 years to complete.  Most students choose to earn a Master’s Degree in the same area of study as their Bachelor’s Degree, but in some cases you can expand to a different area of study.  For instance, if you are a high School Math Teacher, you can choose a Master’s Degree program in School Administration, School Guidance or even Curriculum Development to name a few.  This is just one example of earning a graduate degree that doesn’t neccessarily relate directly to your Bachelor’s Degree.

Earning a Master’s Degree Offers Many Additional Opportunites

Getting your Master’s Degree will add even more earning power to your Bachelor’s Degree.  A few different reasons that students return to school for a graduate/Master’s Degree include: getting a promotion, making a career change, going for a career that requires a Master’s degree and of course…earning a larger salary, to name a few.

Some of the more popular Master’s Degrees include:

  • Master of Accountancy (MAcc or MAcy)
  • Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed. or MA Ed.)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Master of Arts in Finance, Accounting and Management
  • Master of Arts in Humanities
  • Master of Arts in Management (MAM)
  • Master of Archival Studies (MAS)
  • Master’s Degrees in Administration (various)
  • Master of Health Administration (MHA)
  • Master of Forensic Sciences (MFS)
  • Master of Health Science (MHS)
  • Master of Marketing Research (MMR)
  • Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS or MPA)
  • Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)
  • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
  • Master of Science in Finance (MSF)
  • Masters of Science in Mass Communication
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN or MNur)
  • Master of Science In Organizational Leadership (MSOL)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)

*source: wikipedia