Master's Degrees Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Answers to some frequently asked questions about master's degrees

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A master's degree is often considered the next step after earning a bachelor's degree. While some programs offer specialized training in certain fields, other degrees prepare students for careers in academia or research.

Master's degree basics

Master's degrees are designed to provide advanced instruction in specific areas of study.

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Types of master's degrees

As you're researching graduate degrees, you'll find that there are multiple options to pursue.

Careers and salary

Any degree you are seeking will require some level of investment, whether that’s measured in money, time, or energy. On the other end of that investment should be a payoff—increased earning potential, new skills, or movement toward your career goals, to name a few.

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