A master’s degree is the first level of graduate study. To apply for a master degree you usually must already hold an undergraduate degree (a bachelor’s degree).

A master’s degree typically requires a year and one-half to two years of full-time study.

The number of professionals with master’s degrees increased by 63 percent from 1996 to 2010. The National Council for Education Statistics projects added growth of another 34 percent by the year 2022.

Even more promising, twenty-first century technology has expanded opportunities to provide many flexible online master’s programs.

When choosing a master’s program, consider your professional career needs then target academic goals. Master’s degrees often focus on a single specialty area.

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