Degree Levels

Master’s or PhD?

The thought process about which degree is really an extension of the process of deciding whether to pursue grad school at all. Consider the “benefits” of a graduate degree along with your short and long term goals.

A Master’s Degree provides a solid education in a specialized field and depending on the program and your readiness, will take one to three years of study and can be pursued full or part-time.

A Doctorate can take multiple forms within a field of study. For example, in the Psychology field, should one pursue a PhD or PsyD? Regardless, a doctorate degree in general arms you with knowledge and experience in a specialized field and can require from five to seven years of work. A Doctorate is a given if you plan to conduct original research and/or pursue teaching at the collegiate level.