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3 Master’s Degree Programs That Are Worth the Cost
If you turn on the news and catch any one of the evening pundits talking about higher education, they will at some point talk about Master’s Degrees. More specifically, they will talk about how more and more employers and industries are expecting candidates to have a Master’s Degree and how this is absolutely ludicrous for whatever reason. Whatever they say, it is clear that the decision to pursue a Master’s Degree is becoming increasingly common.
Some career paths actually require a Master’s Degree. For example, a Master’s in Social Work is all but required for social workers and a Master’s in Counseling is a requirement to become a mental health counselor. Teachers, too, are often required to have a Master’s in Education to begin with or must commit themselves to getting one within a certain number of years of being hired by a district.
But are they worth it? A Master’s Degree is a serious investment, especially if you are pursuing one while you are working. When taking Master’s classes at night, it could take you anywhere from one to five years to complete your degree. Then, of course, there is the cost of the degree program. For people who have an existing student loan burden, the additional cost of a Master’s Degree might seem like a little too much, too soon. If the Master’s Degree does not guarantee you a significant bump in salary, is it even worth the time and effort?
Yes and No. Really, it depends on which Master’s Degree you are planning to get.