What Does Earning a Master’s Degree Involve?

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).

What Does Earning a Master’s Degree Involve?

You can earn a master’s degree online in as little as one or two years. But those years will net tremendous personal and professional benefits, including a sense of accomplishment, a higher salary and possible promotions in your job.

Classroom Learning in a Master’s Degree Program

Master’s degree courses resemble courses taken for a bachelor degree, but focus on more advanced topics. Students attend lectures or, in the case of an online master’s degree program, listen to podcasts or view lectures by streaming audio and video. Unlike a bachelor’s degree program, a master’s degree program emphasizes analysis and classroom discussion. In an online university, these discussions will take place via bulletin boards and forums and in chat rooms.

Master’s Thesis

The master’s thesis stands as an important component to a master’s degree program. A master’s thesis is an extended research paper. It may include a scientific experiment or a thorough analysis of research materials. Fields such as psychology, social work, health care and education often include field work, where you apply the skills you’ve learned, as part of your thesis.

Schema Markup for WGU Logo

You’re using an unsupported version of your browser..

You’ll still have full access to the site, but some functionality may be lost. For the best wgu.edu experience, upgrade your browser by following the links below.