Master’s Degree

A Master’s degree is a graduate academic degree from a college or university that typically requires one to three years of study. Most Master’s programs require a Bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite for admission.

In North America, the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) are the most familiar types of Master’s degrees. There are also numerous specialized Master’s degrees offered in a wide variety of professional disciplines including: Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Education (Med), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Master of Project Management (MPM).

According to the 2007 U.S. Census Bureau survey, the average person holding a Masters Degree earned $70,186 that year. That is 123% more than a Bachelors Degree holder ($57,181), and 225% more than the average High School graduate earned that year, which was $31,286.

Master’s programs range from being entirely course-based to entirely research based, with most programs structured to combine both approaches.¬†Whatever your profession, a Master’s degree is always a great career move. On average, the lifetime income of workers with Master’s degrees is approximately 25% higher than those with Bachelor’s. Increasingly, employers recruiting for management positions in fields such as sales and marketing, information technology, nursing, engineering and finance seek candidates with Master’s degrees. A Master’s is also a minimum requirement for most post-secondary teaching positions from the community college to the university level.

An online Master’s degree program is ideally suited for the working professional who can benefit from the scheduling flexibility, time-savings and many additional advantages that online learning affords.

Whether you’re looking for a Master’s program with an academic concentration or a highly specialized professional focus, follow the link below to explore our broad selection and request more information today. The respective college or university will assist you in making sure that a particular Master’s program is the best choice for your educational and career goals.