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Are you considering how another degree could help you realize your personal or professional goals? Maybe you have a bachelor’s degree and think a master’s would be a logical next step, or perhaps you would like to move beyond your master’s to a doctoral degree.
A master’s degree is a postgraduate degree that allows you to develop a deeper understanding in your area of study and help advance your theoretical and applied knowledge. Through study and complex problem solving, students can gain a range of skills applicable to their field.
A doctoral degree is an advanced academic degree you can earn that represents your mastery and expertise in your area of study. Depending on the program you choose, you may need to present your research in a dissertation or participate in a practicum as part of your degree requirements.
There are many reasons to further your education. Here are a few considerations to weigh when deciding whether to pursue your next degree.
1. Evaluate your personal or professional goals
When you earned your first degree, you may have had specific personal or professional goals in mind. When considering more advanced education, it’s good to reevaluate those goals and see what’s changed. Do you want to be seen as an expert in your field? Are you hoping to change your field or move into a different aspect of your current field? What is your end goal on your career path?
Once you decide where you want to take your career, you can consider whether getting another degree supports that goal. Explore how Capella’s Career Development Center provides resources to help support you.
2. Plan around those updated goals
When you’ve established your new goals, you’re ready to narrow down your educational choices. When considering different programs, research these questions and topics:
In addition to considering the degree you need, also ask yourself: Are there skills or experiences that you will need to acquire along with a degree to reach your goal? Do you have those skills, or do you need to pursue them? How will you fill those gaps? This can help you determine which electives to take, internships to pursue and industry associations to join.
3. Do your research
Consider questions you may have about your degree program and how pursuing your degree could affect your life. Action steps could include:
4. Put it all together
Working out the answers to the above questions may help put you in a position to make an informed decision based on practical, real-world experiences of others. That can also help give you additional confidence as you pursue the next step of your education.
5. Continue gaining experience
To make sure you continue to gain relevant experience while you’re in school, you could:
Ready to pursue your next degree? Find out if Capella may be a good fit for you. Connect with an enrollment counselor today.
Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase or other career outcomes. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.