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The Guide to Earning Your Master's Degree

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All master’s degree programs essentially strive toward the same goal: to provide students with the opportunity to supplement their undergraduate education. Generally speaking, undergraduate programs provide a solid foundation in core subjects and a student’s major, while graduate programs allow students to pursue more advanced topics in a specific field, building on their bachelor’s degree and professional experience.

Earning an M.A. degree can be fun; it can provide knowledge; and can stretch the imagination… it adds to one’s personal narrative. It makes one more interesting.

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
President Emeritus and Professor of Public Services, George Washington University; Chairman of the Higher Education Practice at Korn Ferry International. “What Is a Master’s Degree Worth?”

As a qualification, the master’s entitles degree holders to more employment opportunities and higher starting salaries., a leader in modern job boards, has tracked the difference in average salaries of jobs listed on its site for the last four years; as of August 2015, the average salary for positions requiring a master’s ($82,000) was 26% higher than the average salary for positions requiring a bachelor’s ($65,000) ― and the gap only seems to be growing.

More and more, an advanced degree like a master’s is proving to be one of the most clear cut differentiators in the professional world.