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What are the best master degree to take?


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Migdalys’s Answer

Hi Kelly,

I hope you're doing great during this time, kudos to you for being so invested in wanting to learn more about something that can promise you future career growth. Personally, I can't tell you what Master's suits your best interests. It all depends on what career path you choose to embark on, and note that your path can shift as you continue to grow personally and professionally. I myself am currently acquiring my MBA with a concentration in Professional Studies. I chose to do so because of the career path I've decided to currently embark on. I am a Senior Experience Specialist on the Digital team for Verizon. I've decided that I will continue to move up the corporate ladder, hence why I am in the process of acquiring my MBA. Previously I graduated with a bachelors in Criminology, because many moons ago I was on a different career path (to become a cop). I've embarked on different career paths because I can and because we're always growing as individuals. Therefore strive for the career path that ignites the utmost in you and if that path happens to change through the process, it's ok! Enjoy every single part of your journey with gratitude and happiness!

Best of luck on all your endeavors!

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Allan’s Answer

Great that you are considering to go for a Master's degree.

The choice of which master's degree to take is really dependent on how the degree will help you advance in your career and to meet your career aspirations.

Depending on what your field is, a Masters degree in that specific field will help you advance. Especially in the sciences and research fields, a Masters degree in that field is vital for your progression. On the other hand, if you are looking to acquire general leadership skills that would be applicable to any organization, then a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) will help you progress into such a role as it cuts across leadership in any field.


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Jillian’s Answer

Kudos to you for considering furthering your education! When I graduated from undergrad with an English/Art degree I had no plans to attend grad school, but I also didn't know that I would find myself working in the nation's largest telecommunications company surrounded by business professionals with very little "business" knowledge myself.
I decided 6 years after undergrad to go back to school. I originally began pursuing an MBA. It's a good start for anyone who may not know exactly what area you want to focus on. After 1 year of knocking out some basics, I was introduced to a new program at the time that really hit the nail on the head when it came to my interests and my career goals. I ended up with a Master's in Management Science, Business Analytics (MSMSBA). It provided me with general business knowledge as well as Data Science knowledge.
So what I'm saying is, as others have mentioned, you choose something that is of interest to you & that will help you achieve the career goals you set for yourself.
Some other advice - make sure your investment is likely to pay off - time & money-wise, which includes choosing an accredited school. Best of luck!

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Angela’s Answer

Honestly, those that align with your passions and motivate you to learn!. Do not apply for your Master's just because or you think you have to because everyone else is... take your time, make sure it's aligned with your personal interests and can help support your career goals. If you're not sure, explore and learn more, do more research until you feel confident in your decision and ability to engage in higher education.

You can also benefit from getting a job in your field first, post under-grad, to both (a) ensure this is the career path you truly want to take AND (b) often employers provide financial assistance for Graduate level courses/degrees which can help offset and sometimes cover the full cost of tuition. Just a thought.... no matter what choice you make, continuing your education is never a bad thing ;)

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Elyse’s Answer

Hi there,
I don't think there is a "best " master's degree out there. All degrees have their own uniqueness, I think it depends on what is best for you and what your interests are.


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Cheryl’s Answer

The best master's degree is the one that gets you into your dream career. Everyone has different interests, so decide where you want to be in 5 years, in 10 years, and start mapping out what undergrad and master's degrees are needed for that goal. You have so many options for degrees, such as on line vs. In person classes. Do a lot of research before you choose.

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Srinivasa’s Answer

This depends on your life style priorities and the country you eventually(Aspire to) will live in. End of the day should satisfy your needs and wants and how badly you want have those wants. Once you sort that out, It starts with taking what you are passionate about, enjoy doing, taking a pride in and finally knowing the future opportunities for that field. Not as much on current opportunities but more so in future.


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Lisa’s Answer

It all depends on what interests you have and what you would like to do or get into. I agree with many of the responses earlier about getting some work experience. You may also work in a company that will help pay for your master degree which would be even better. I have a Masters in Information system and worked in the IT department for a number of years. Currently I decided go back and get a Masters in Business Intelligence and Analytics since I wanted to learn more about that area and I enjoy working with data.
Find your passion and don't be afraid on trying something different.

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Stephen’s Answer

a flip side to Allan's statement would be to pursue Masters degree to round out an area that you may not have exposure. Example: Engineers who want to become more involved with business decision or advancing to lead engineers could potential pursue an MBA.

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Debbie’s Answer

I would suggest acquiring an MBA - from my 40 years of nursing work experience, observing upwardly mobile people, an MBA seems to prepare individuals with the most broad-based skills to succeed in any career at a top level. Administration, Project Managers, Corporate Leaders all utilize the skills one would learn in a MBA program. The only exception I would see to this would be in medical fields or aeronautics where you would want to pursue degrees specific to your interests and field of study. Best of luck!

Debbie recommends the following next steps:

Interview a recent MBA grad and find out what advantages he/she think they have over other job applicants.
Interview an established worker in your desired field of work to see how their MBA has helped them succeed in their career.

Agreed. I have a Master of Science but its very specific to a certain job. As I moved throughout my career I went back and did my MBA and have found it to be the most helpful in terms of opening up doors to many different types of careers. Even for people in technical fields, as you move up in a company you often have to evolve into a peopel leader, business leader and generalist. The MBA gives you the skills required to do that. But I do recommend working for a handful of years before going back. You need real world experience in your pocket to make the lessons the most valuable! Andrea Schwark

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Briana’s Answer

Hi Kelly-

Masters degree is an advanced degree, typically "advancing" the knowledge learned in your bachelors degree.

In my case I got a Bachelors in Business and then a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). So based on your interest and your bachelors degree you can find out what you would like to Master.


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Marla’s Answer

The best masters degree for a person to get is based on their interests and what you want to do. In addition, you need to look at your personal circumstances to evaluate your ability to complete and pay for the program. If you need to take our expensive student loans, you want to choose a career that allows you to pay those loans back. Student debt can hamper your ability to afford other things you may want. Some of the best paying jobs do not require masters degrees. Welders, nurses, radiologist, electricians, pilots, and aerospace engineers are some careers that pay well without a masters degree. Good luck !

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Richard’s Answer

Hello Kelly!

There really is no 'best' mba to take. It usually depends on where you want to take your career to help round out your background. I found that my MBA gave me insights into different ways of thinking about business problems I was working on and allowed me to have more depth in the analysis of the problem.

As my career advanced, I started working with different teams in the company, like finance, marketing and production. The MBA gave me insights into their world and needs to allow me to better work with them and understand their requests.

So, for me the best mba would be one that matches my long term interests, gave me a broad exposure to business operations and allowed me to take electives that may not be in the primary MBA core requirements but give me more diversity. My electives were in Maketing, Systems Requirements and Entrepreneurship. I picked those based on my interests and what I wanted to learn more about from a different perspective than the core requirements.

The main thing is enjoy whatever you pick. The more you are passionate about a topic, the better you will be.

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Sandesh’s Answer

I would recommend getting an MBA. It gives you all rounded perspective on various aspects of running your venture. At the end of the day you have to take risk and launch your venture to get rich or you end up working for someone else who takes risk.

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