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The Difference in Degrees

The Difference in Degrees

Remember, any college degree is better than no college degree!

Elizabeth Hoyt

July 02, 2013

Master’s Degrees –


• Includes Master of Science (MS), Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

• They make up the first level of graduate degrees

• Usually takes one to two years of additional courses to earn after a bachelor’s degree

First Professional Degrees –


• A degree that requires at least two years of previous college coursework for program entrance

• Requires a minimum of six years of college coursework for completion

• Degrees awarded under a first professional degree include, but are not limited to: JD Law, MD Medicine, DVM Veterinary Medicine, DC Chiropractic, DDS or DMD Dentistry, OD Optometry, DO Osteopathic Medicine

Doctorate Degrees –


• Doctorate degrees are the highest level of graduate degrees

• Doctoral programs typically consist of independent research culminating in a dissertation or presentation of study results, in addition to additional coursework

• Can be awarded in humanities, arts and sciences

• Title is often specialized by the doctoral program (ex. Doctor of Education, Ed.D; Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D.)


Remember, when it comes to finding employment, any college degree is better than no college degree!



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