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.