Career opportunities for graduates with professional master's vs. PhD degrees.

Patricia A. Gwirtz

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Professional science master's degree programs are an appealing option to those who want to pursue a professional career and/or seek advancement in their career that does not necessarily require the more advanced PhD degree. These programs are designed to meet a workforce need for professionals and can be completed within 2 years. The student learns the professional skills to be successful in their chosen field, and data indicate a great deal of satisfaction by graduates from these programs. In contrast, those who wish to have a career goal in academia or research usually will pursue a PhD degree. Table 1 shows the important similarities and differences a student should consider when deciding whether to pursue a PSM or Ph.D. degree.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-244
Number of pages4
JournalThe Physiologist
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2014


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