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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