- Your career requires it.
- You want to improve your hiring prospects.
- You’re thinking about a career change.
- Your field has evolved and requires further education. As the world evolves, technologically for instance, you may need to update your skill set or knowledge base in order to continue working in your field – or to get ahead in your field. For those reasons, you may need to pursue further education. Fortunately, getting a Master’s degree can be affordable and work around your current work schedule, if you choose to keep working. Many colleges and universities now offer online distance learning, enabling you to earn the Master’s degree from the institution of your choice from your current home and working environment.
- You want to contribute to research in your field. Oftentimes, students pursuing advanced degrees are leading key research within their respective fields. Every day, their work is leading to incredible discoveries and changing their field as well as our society. If being on the forefront of advancement sounds appealing to you, it may be that you should pursue a Master’s degree. Many of our Women in STEM features have included females who are leading research efforts in their fields of study, contributing to higher learning and lasting change.
- You truly love learning. Finally, there are those students who are simply lifelong learners. It may be difficult for them to limit their higher education experience to just one or two majors in a Bachelor’s degree program. Rather, they want to pursue a Master’s degree in a more specific subject area within the realm of their major or another field altogether. These students may not stop at just one Master’s degree either. They sometimes repeat the process several times over throughout their lifetime, proving that you’re never too old to learn something new. If you want to specialize in several subject areas, do it! Just make sure your pursuit of a Master’s degree is an affordable as well as an academic pursuit.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the number of people age 25 and older who work toward a Master’s degree has doubled in the last 20 years to 21 million Americans. For some careers, a college degree is no longer enough. If your intended career requires further education beyond college, then it’s a no-brainer that you would pursue that path. However, there are other reasons that college graduates may want to pursue a Master’s degree.
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