Bachelors vs. Master’s Degree

Bachelors vs. Master’s Degree


After pursuing a bachelor’s degree there is always a dilemma of whether or not to pursue a master’s degree. Well, there is no definite answer to this question. It is just the way life is; there is no defined manual to show what to do and what not to do in order to succeed. There are a lot of probabilities involved. Education is simply a strategic placement on one on an opportunistic path.

This piece will explore the merits and demerits of exploring a master’s degree after having obtained a bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of one’s undergraduate degree one is usually given the power to read. What does that mean? It means that there is no end to education and by finishing the undergraduate degree one has unlocked a whole world of possibilities.

A master’s degree can take one to two years or more. It is therefore vital to determine from a personal point of view if the whole process is worth it. One should have a clear vision of what he/she intends to achieve at the end of it all. Unless it is a scholarship, post-graduate studies require money. It is basically a form of investment. Like any other investment, it could break-even or not depending on a wide range of factors starting from personal goals to the marketability of the specialized area/field.

Advantages of post graduate studies include:

l Employability. In most cases advanced education means being more qualified and therefore opens more doors in one’s career path. It depicts a higher level of expertise and content.

l Open career paths. After obtaining a master’s degree it is often easier to venture into some career path compared to when you do not have one. It becomes hard to go into dedicated research without some post graduate studies.

l In terms of payments, job groups are mostly designed according to different levels of education. It will therefore suffice to conclude that the higher the qualification the higher the pay. This however does not apply in all cases.

l Academic interest. For those who loved doing undertaking their undergraduate courses postgraduate studies give a unique opportunity for them to pursue their passion.

l Specialization. Master’s degrees provide a chance for one to specialize in a field that they feel comfortable in even if it relies on a single topic studied in their undergraduate degree.

Disadvantages of post graduate studies include:

l You will incur a given cost before you earn that degree.

l Apart from money, you will also spend time and energy in the same.

l In case you do it in a different university, it will take time before you can adjust into the new environment.

l Some universities offer better services in given specialization areas more than others. You might be in the latter.

l It take up most of your time and that may affect your social circles.

At the end of the day the decision as to whether to pursue master’s or not is personal. The pros and cons above however can help in the decision-making process.