How impressive is a masters degree?

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You will stand out in today’s job market.

Get hired. Get a promotion. Change career. A college degree will help your resume stand out in the job market.

The COVID-19 pandemic combined with the Great Recession has caused the largest job losses since the last recession. As the economy begins to decline, employers will seek to hire the best and brightest candidates possible. Given two equally qualified candidates in terms of work experience, who will they choose to interview first: the person with a master’s degree or the one with a bachelor’s degree?

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Mindy: Welcome to the BiggerPockets Money podcast, show number 293, where we spoke with Preston Cooper of the Equal Opportunity Research Foundation about the return on investment of your diploma. .

Preston: From a purely financial point of view, it would be better to graduate sooner, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should graduate sooner, because it’s also important to take time in your career.

understand, “Well, what do I really want to do?” What if you get your MBA at 23 and then decide at 25, “I hate business. I really don’t like doing this”, this is not a good situation for you. So, although I would say from a very narrow financial perspective, yes, it will be better to get to this stage sooner. This does not mean that you always have to go through this first, because it is important to be sure that this step is what you want, that this is the step that will help you advance your career before taking your chance. and decide to enroll in graduate studies.

Examples of diplomas

  • Degree in Economics and Degree in Political Science
  • BS in Biology and BS in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Laws (JD)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Social Work (RSU)

Students who double their degree obtain a degree in two academic disciplines. The total number of credits generally remains the same as a single-subject degree (at least 120 credits for a bachelor’s degree), and students who plan their studies carefully may not need to spend as much time in school to double their major.


Obtaining a diploma was an important educational achievement. Now that bachelor’s degrees are so popular, job seekers looking to distinguish themselves are turning to master’s degrees.

This makes more sense in some areas than in others. With such pressure on STEM education these days, some students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in STEM subjects are surprised to learn that many jobs require a master’s degree. (Graduate studies in science can come to Shark Week, if that’s the kind of thing that inspires you!)

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