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Is a masters in any engineering field worth the extra investment?

Asked Sioux Falls, South Dakota

I'm a prospective engineering student and I was wondering if pursuing a masters in the future is a worthy investment of time and money, or if I should plan on just getting my degree and starting work? The financial aspect of college is a big deal for my family and me, so a professional opinion would greatly help! #engineering #masters #masters-degree #paying-for-college

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Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

It all depends. Also, you might be able to get a masters without paying for it. Many employers will pay for advanced education for an employee, if it will help the employee improve their ability to help the company in his/her role. Anyway, it is best to get experience with a BA and then see if and how one might want to pursue advanced education. There might be some other types of training programs, which might be more valuable. As engineering is a very, very broad field, the first thing to determine is: which are of engineering would be most suitable.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
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Rich’s Answer

Updated

At some point in your career you will run into a wall of advancement without some second, Masters degree.  If you want to continue in the technical side - an engineering masters would be in order.  If you want to head towards management and business and MBA or equal.  Its not that you need it to have a successful career, but many future positions will require or at least make you a better candidate with a Masters.  Its not that long or expensive and it will pay back quickly in career and salary advancements.