When thinking of completing a college education, earning a bachelor’s degree seems like crossing the finish line. But as more and more people earn a 4-year degree, it becomes less of a differentiator. Many job seekers will tell you that a bachelor’s degree is the new high school diploma- it’s great, but really it’s just the baseline.

A master’s degree is easier to attain than you might think, and it’s becoming more and more critical for career success in the fields of business, education, engineering, and science.

In this session we’ll explore the differences between undergraduate (bachelor’s) and graduate (master’s) degrees. We’ll talk about different graduate programs, how to prepare for them, and how having a master’s degree can impact your employability and salary.

Key Questions

What’s the difference between a bachelor’s and master’s degree?

How hard is it to get into graduate school?

How long will it take to finish my master's degree?

What type of graduate degrees are available?

Do I have to have a certain undergraduate degree in order to get a master’s degree?

Can I get my master’s degree immediately following my undergrad, or do I have to wait?

Will I make more money with a graduate degree?

How much does a graduate degree cost?

Is it really worth it?

Expected Outcomes

-          Students will understand the difference between undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.

-          Students will be able to determine the return on investment (ROI) of a master’s degree program.

-          Students will gain a general sense of what graduate education costs and how long it will take them to earn an advanced degree.

-          Students will understand what steps are needed to apply to graduate school, and what they can do now to prepare themselves for college.


Curriculum Alignment

Completed Date

 01/17/2018 12:00 PM   Eastern Time




Cara Frederick




Beverly Lee


Matthew Painter Texas State University
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