(Closed) Was your Masters worth it?

posted 3 years ago in College
  • poll: Master's, yay or nay?

    I have a Masters and it has helped me in my career

    I have a Masters and it has not benefitted me more than someone who does not have one

    I do not have a Masters and I have done just as well

    I regret not doing grad school

  • Post # 31
    483 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    Kind of hard to answer this question since I *just* finished in September with my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I’m awaiting approval from my state’s board to go ahead and start earning hours for residency. In this new career field, once I get started (post-graduate – obviously I worked for a year doing practicum/internship experience), remains to be seen if it was all “worth it.” This was a major career change for me! BUT, with this field, it’s one where you cannot do too much without the Masters. You can’t get licensed as a professional counselor without it!

    At one point, I years before I considered the counseling field, I thought about getting a Masters in Screenwriting (I majored in English/Creative Writing in undergrad). I ultimately decided it was not worth the time, effort, or money, because if I had gone down the screenwriter career path, you don’t need a Masters to do it. And in the end, wasn’t what I really wanted to do anyway!

    Think about the Masters you want to pursue. Will it help you get more career opportunities? A higher salary? Ask other people with that Masters and the career field you’re in if they think it’s worth it. I don’t know, since I’ve never been in the history/museum field.

    Good luck! I did my Masters’ online (well, kind of a hybrid degree – a few classes had to be taken on campus as an intensive week), and was still working full-time while doing that until I had to quit last year to move and complete my practicum/internship. Online takes due diligence to be on top of assignments and due dates since you’re not in a classroom, but it allows for flexibility in terms of when you complete the coursework. I probably wouldn’t have gone back to school if there wasn’t the online program available!

    Post # 32
    433 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    Hey Bee! I also have a history degree and I did a Masters in Museum Studies. It has helped put an edge on my applications in some cases, though I found that you really need to pick and choose with an area of specialization.

    Ultimately, if you have a good program, you can learn a lot about the theoretical and practical sides to working in a museum. If you can, do some practicum type courses (for my thesis I had to create an exhibition with a group, and mount it with a recognized institution), because they provide you with a good foundation when you’re looking to better your career.

    Post # 33
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Mine was worth it. My employer paid for most of it and I got a raise as soon as I graduated that was greater than the total cost of my program (business but not an MBA).

    Post # 34
    426 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m not even done yet (graduate my evening mba program in May) and it has already paid off.  My income jumped almost $30k in under three year. It will only open more doors and continue to help me.  


    The thing I love most about education, no one can ever take it away from you. Once you have it, it’s yours forever. 

    Post # 35
    1382 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I have my masters that I paid for privately (i.e. wasn’t covered by an employer) and I would say that masters are worth it if required for your field of study, otherwise I wouldn’t pursue one unless my employer was covering it.

    I went on to get a PhD so for me the masters was a necessary step. Even still, I would do it differently if I were to do it again. I’m no longer in academia and through *A LOT* of luck I’m now in a very well paid role that has nothing to do with the subject of my masters/PhD. 

    If I had stayed in the field of study (but still left academia) then the masters wouldn’t have been a big advantage – something I didn’t realize until long after I graduated. I would have been much better off doing internships and working my way up within organizations by gaining concrete operational skills rather than content knowledge. Yes the masters looks good on the resume, but experience and good references are still stronger.

    Now I can’t say I regret getting my masters, but I probably would have chosen a less expensive option if I had known what my path was going to be afterwards — but alas, hindsight is always 20/20 🙂

    So in sum: I’d only do a masters if *really* required. Otherwise I would rely on networking, internships, and lots of hard work within the industry rather than paying tuition for a masters. I would definitlely pursue a masters if th employer was covering the costs since it is a nice addition to a resume.

    Post # 36
    549 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: Backyard

    I work as a mental health therapist, which requires a master’s degree.

    Post # 37
    1329 posts
    Bumble bee

    Totally depends on what you want to get out of it. A pay rise? A better job? A different job? Purely education advancement? 

    If you want involvement in academia you will likely need a higher degree with at least some research component. If you just want an “edge” on your CV then I would strongly suggest asking around people who have done your specific masters, or looks for jobs advertised and see if they list it as desired or necessary. 

    Its an investment in time and money, even if your employer pays for it, it takes a lot of effort. Especially if you’re doing it part time, sometimes when you finish work you just want to lie down and rest. 

    And it also depends on your field. I’m currently doing a research masters because I’m in the medical field and it definitely helps for basically everything. I see you’re in history, that’s great! My cousin did fine arts/history and a masters and has a great job as an art curator. Masters in the humanities I hear are very rewarding. Congrats on your offer!

    Another example is my Fiance is doing a masters of law which he thinks may give him an edge but tbh he doesn’t really care, he just likes learning and increasing his knowledge in his field which he loves. Which I think is a good a reason as any.

    Let us know how you go!


    Post # 38
    782 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m a School counselor & a masters (plus about 30 additional hours) is required for my license/job. It also gets my pay scale about $3000 more per year than a teacher with just a bachelors. Did I learn much while getting it, nope, but I can’t  do my job without it so I guess it’s helped. 

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