Master’s Degrees

Master’s Degrees

There are two main types of master’s degrees: academic and professional. An academic master’s program is likely to result in a Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Many people earn an academic master’s degree with the intention of continuing on to doctoral study.
There are almost as many professional master’s degrees in the U.S. as there are professions. Many institutions invent a new degree name when they create a new program, resulting in a large and often confusing range of possibilities. Some of the more common professional master’s degrees include the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Education (M.Ed.).
Most 4-year research universities and many liberal arts colleges offer degrees at the master’s level. The NCES lists education and business as the two most common fields for master’s-level studies.

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