How to Choose a Master’s Degree Program

Getting your master’s degree is a great way to reach your goals and dream career. But deciding what kind of program is right for you can be a difficult decision. How do you choose which master’s degree program to enroll in?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you determine if you should get your master’s degree.

  1. What do I want to do?
    Have you always wanted to be a school counselor? A social worker? A lawyer? Consider where you see yourself in five years, and align your dream career with a degree that will help you reach your goal.
  2. Will a master’s degree get me where I want to go?
    Research the degree programs available in your chosen subject area and talk to others in your profession for advice. Consider your current and future goals as you begin planning. Pursuing a master’s degree could get you where you want to be, or a doctoral degree might be a better option. In some cases, you might choose to forego a master’s in favor of a certificate that gives you the knowledge you need to get ahead in a shorter time frame.
  3. How do I want to get my degree?
    Do you want to go to school full time, or part-time while you’re working? Do you live near a college campus? These two factors can impact how you go to school. Some people choose to attend a traditional program on a college campus, while many others find an online or hybrid option, with its flexibility to study how and when you like, works better for them. Determining how you would like to learn will help you find the most appropriate program for you.
  4. Do I have the time and energy to go back to school?
    Getting a degree not only takes commitment, but also time and energy. As you look for a degree program, consider how much time you have available to study for exams, complete assignments, and do required research or internships.

The answers to these questions will help you determine if going back to school for a master’s degree is right for you.