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How much did your Master’s Degree advance your career ? #5432464 05/18/20 02:26 PM
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How much did your Master’s Degree advance your career ?

Could you of climbed the ladder into the same exact job / salary without it ?


Re: How much did your Master’s Degree advance your career ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5432479 05/18/20 02:43 PM
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Well if you are a teacher its pretty much mandatory around here.

I am in IT and all I needed was a BS. Not sure a MS would have helped much.

College professors typically are PhD for the most part.

I know if you want to get into IBM Research you need a PhD. Other parts of IBM a BS is fine.

Daughter has a MS in Public Health. Not sure her MS is helping her too much.


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Re: How much did your Master’s Degree advance your career ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5432486 05/18/20 02:50 PM
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Mine did. I was in IT with a BS and had reached the top of what could be accomplished with it, except for doing enough time to move ahead due to seniority.

The MBA was the life hack to not rely on seniority.

Re: How much did your Master’s Degree advance your career ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5432493 05/18/20 03:02 PM
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Great question and timely question! I'm wondering the same thing- get an MBA, a 2nd Bachelor's, or just ride it out. I'll be interested to see some of the responses.

Re: How much did your Master’s Degree advance your career ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5432499 05/18/20 03:12 PM
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While I am still working I am almost 2 years beyond retirement age. So I think the job I have will be my last.

Now going back to college after I retire. I doubt it but never say never.

Wife is a lawyer with a JD degree. I told her I have a BS plus a US patent issued, so that equals her JD. I don't she agrees but lets me think it anyway.


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Re: How much did your Master’s Degree advance your career ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5432503 05/18/20 03:20 PM
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I was a history major. Largely unemployable although it taught me a lot of things that have served me well.

In order to be a librarian you need a masters in library and info. science. In the late sixties there was supposed to be a shortage of them, although the shortage was based on standards of how many librarians you needed from the American Library Association, plus a lot of Great Society money to go to school on. When I started running them, I found I needed a second masters in public administration. So, having a masters might be the base for your profession, or it might simply nice to have. I got one of each.

I was a year ahead of the Baby Boom, so I was able to jump on the leading edge of job growth cause I got there first. Was a CEO for most of my career. My choice was not something I'd recommend to anyone today.


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Re: How much did your Master’s Degree advance your career ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5432506 05/18/20 03:26 PM
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None. By the time I finished my MS (EE) it became irrelevant as my undergrad (CS) were more valuable. Had I not spend my time on the degree and focus at work I would have advanced my career a lot further. The only way it would have helped is if your undergrad was from a foreign, not so famous school, and your graduate degree is from a developed nation and a more famous one (a school that people have heard of, not Harvard or MIT).

Most people I know with PhD tends to agree that if you are only looking for career growth MS and PhD are not worth the effort, and undergrad is sufficient. You should focus on majoring in the right field instead of advanced degree.

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Re: How much did your Master’s Degree advance your career ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5432512 05/18/20 03:35 PM
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In engineering a masters doesn't open many new doors. A PhD opens some different doors, but arguably not more.

Re: How much did your Master’s Degree advance your career ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5432517 05/18/20 03:40 PM
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I agree. I have a Master's in Engineering. In some circles it denotes you as a professional, but overall it won't get you more money or better opportunities in the corporate world.

Re: How much did your Master’s Degree advance your career ? [Re: Donald] #5432531 05/18/20 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Donald
While I am still working I am almost 2 years beyond retirement age. So I think the job I have will be my last.

Now going back to college after I retire. I doubt it but never say never.

Wife is a lawyer with a JD degree. I told her I have a BS plus a US patent issued, so that equals her JD. I don't she agrees but lets me think it anyway.


I think you can basically take college classes for free or just pay some minor fees once you're over 60 in NY. It's different in each state but a lot of them offer free classes for seniors.

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In chemistry, a masters was never a big door opener. It was always viewed to some extent as the gratuitous degree they gave you when you could not make it through the Ph. D. program. The difference in starting salary and advancement with a doctorate vs a bachelors was very significant. Now, however, all those old research jobs no longer exist or have moved to China. Glad I got the doctorate and had a great career but glad I made it out of the rat race when I did. It was all starting to fall apart when I retired about 14 years ago.


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I have a masters in Chemistry. Mine is a "thesis masters" which some people look on more favorably since a thesis is essentially a "dissertation lite" with the same total-immersion research experience but less of it, while others view it as a black mark because "you should have just gotten a PhD."(I was burnt out already on a masters).

I wouldn't be able to have my current job(which I love) without it, but I'd have been making a lot more money with a B.S. in Chemistry in industry.


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Re: How much did your Master’s Degree advance your career ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5432541 05/18/20 04:04 PM
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My wife has an MBA or EMBA as she calls it from Brown U and it accelerated her career.


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In Software/Cloud architect field of mine little difference. I think a MBA would help however.

I skipped getting my MS in Computer science because I got a developer contract that paid $75/hr full time from 2003-2009. I went for money instead of becoming poor for two years and paying $20k for degree.

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I. too, have a Masters in Electrical Engineering. While I mostly enjoyed tackling the subject matter, I don't believe that advanced my career at all.

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