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Masters Level Degrees: Titles and Meanings

Updated on April 1, 2017

Masters Degrees

Less than 10 percent of adults in the United States have earned a Master's degree. This percentage holds according the the 2004 United States Census with likely not much variation since then. Ultimately, if you have attained a Master's degree or are thinking of pursuing one, then it is quite an academic accomplishment.

Coupled with my previous hub regarding Doctoral degrees, below are just some of the various Master level titles and their meanings.

You can pursue a Master's degree that is fairly general and broad or you can hone in on a very specific route of studying. It will be important to investigate topics such as:

a. The number of credit hours and amount of time needed to earn your degree.

b. Your career options after your degree is complete

c. Cost and (cost effectiveness) of your educational pursuit. How much debt are you likely to incur?

d. Can you and would you want to work full time or at least part time while earning your degree?

e. Is there a tuition benefit or tuition reimbursement plan that you can take advantage of in your current work place?

f. Which universities offer your prospective degree? Is it possible that you will need to relocate for the particular degree you are seeking. Is that possibility worth it to you? Do you want to consider an on-line option that will allow you to continue living where you are and schedule around work and family obligations?

These are some of your choices of Master level degrees to pursue.:

1. M.S., M.Sc. - Master of Science (various and not limited to Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology)

2. M.A. - Master of Arts (i.e.- English)

3. M.P.H. - Master of Public Health

4. M.Ed. - Master of Education

5. M.P.A. - Master of Public Administration

6. M.P.P. - Master of Public Policy

7. M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration

8. M.Div. - Master of Divinity

9. M.S.W. - Master of Social Work

10. M.S.N. - Master of Nursing

11. M.A.T. - Master of Art Therapy

12. M.F.A. - Master of Fine Arts

13. M.L.S. - Master of Library Sciences

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