Is Earning a Master’s Degree for Me?

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you can earn your master’s degree online to advance in your chosen field. Or you can switch careers by earning a master’s in another field altogether.

Types of Master’s Degrees

Two main types of master’s degrees exist: the Master of Science (MS) and Master of Arts (MA). The two degrees differ only in name, not in course requirements. Like bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees are available in a variety of subjects. Online universities may have even more course offerings than traditional colleges. Some fields, like business, have a specialized master’s degree program.

WGU offers accredited master's degrees in Business, Education, Health Professions and Information Technology.

Who Should Earn a Master’s Degree?

The demands of master's degree online programs mean you’ll spend one to three years earning your degree. Before you enroll, examine your motives. If you want to earn your master's only to avoid the working world or because you don’t know what field you want to enter, you’ll waste your time and end up frustrated.

On the other hand, a master’s degree will benefit you if:

  • You know what field you want to enter and want to enhance your knowledge in that specialty area.
  • You enjoy reading, writing and research in your field.
  • You're changing careers and want the expertise necessary to excel