A master’s degree can be the difference between having a great job and having a not-so-great job. Sometimes, it’s even the difference between having a job and not. With most degrees completed in just a few years, it’s one of the wisest, most profitable investments you’re likely to ever make. In fact, professionals with master’s degrees on average earn about $400,000 more in their lifetimes than bachelor’s degree holders. Nonetheless, you’ll need to do your homework: with the myriad degree options teeming about, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. For your convenience, we’ve compiled the 50 most popular master’s currently on the market, breaking down the basics of each degree, with relevant career outlook information attached where possible. Check out our methodology and the list below.
- Relative ranking of department size (.5): the relative ranking of the number of masters students in a given department at five of the ten largest research institutions in the US. Adjust for frequency that a given program type was ranked at multiple schools.
- Part of popular subset of degrees nationwide (.5): whether or not the degree falls into a more general category of popular degrees as established by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
50) Engineering Technology
Engineering Technology (source)
A more broad-based than specialized degree, students pursuing an MS in Engineering Technology often initially find work in entry-level engineering positions for manufacturing firms, product improvement, design and construction, and federal government projects, among a wide array of others. That said, many graduates quickly find or assume higher-level positions, as well. In particular, Engineering Technology emphasizes practical application over some of the more theoretical engineering routes, which might also improve immediate job-prospects. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) describes the differences as such: “engineering graduates typically spend their time planning, while engineering technology graduates spend their time making plans work.”
49) Reading Education
Reading Education (source)
An MEd in Reading Education primarily prepares students to teach literacy development for students with learning and literacy needs. Some occupations include P–12 teacher, reading specialist, reading or literacy coach/instructor, coordinator of reading or literacy program, adult basic education director, or curriculum specialist. Most degrees take 1-2 years to complete, depending on part- or full-time status. Accreditation is largely handled by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Students pursuing an MA in English typically either go on to pursue a PhD to teach literature at the undergraduate or graduate level, or use the MA to teach at a secondary school. (In many cases, secondary school English teachers with an MA receive a salary bump.) Alternatively, many graduates go on to write or edit in the publishing sphere, or choose more creatively-geared jobs in advertising and new media. An MA in English is typically completed in two years, though note that many programs have no standalone MA tracks outside of the PhD track.
An LLM, or Master of Laws, is a post-JD degree often pursued for either academic purposes or to specialize in a particular area of law, such as tax law, international law, patent law, environmental law, etc. In the US in particular, some LLM degrees are designed for foreign law students to learn the law of the host country. The MLT, or Master of Tax Law, is an especially popular degree with an emerging need for tax specialists having to navigate through the notoriously thick United States Tax Code. Most programs only require one year to graduate and combine both coursework and research.
46) Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning
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A varied and widely-applicable field, a graduate degree in Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning includes interdisciplinary studies in geography, urban planning, sustainability, climate change, cultural geography, environmental science and geographic information systems. With job growth predicted to increase by at least 10% through 2022, the field is ripe for new talent, and will likely only continue to expand with advances in technology and an increasing need for environmental/urban solutions in the coming years. For almost all entry-level jobs, a Master’s degree is expected. About 2 out of 3 urban planners work government positions.
The Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) is a professional degree that allows graduates to accrue the appropriate experience, learning, and accreditation for licensure. Depending on the student’s choice of particular track and bachelor’s prerequisites, degrees may take up to 7.5 years to complete. As of March 2006, there were 84 accredited Master of Architecture programs in the United States, including Puerto Rico; all accreditations are handled by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in the US. A hot field, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 17% job growth through 2022.
44) Engineering Management
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A Master of Engineering Management, or MsEM or MEM, is a multidisciplinary degree that applies engineering and technology concepts to business. For this reason, it’s also known as the “Engineer’s MBA,” and is both a highly popular and practical professional degree with high-paying job prospects. Some potential areas of study include product development and innovation, UX design, technology strategy, lean improvement, software methodologies, multinational strategies, and more. There are currently approximately 100 accredited programs in the US, including more than 30 online programs.
Typically specified as either a Master of Corporate Communication (MCC) or Master of Business Communication (MBC), a graduate degree in the field prepares students to pursue a CCO position in an organization, or another upper-level strategic communications/PR position. Degrees typically combine aspects of an MBA and an MA in Management – business strategy, reputation management, crisis communication, corporate branding, etc. – providing a broad-based professional and leadership-focused background. Students typically complete their degree in 2 years, or 3 years if part-time.
The Master of Music is, as might be expected, a highly specialize-able degree, depending upon the students’ interests and musical background. In addition to advanced studies in performance, composition, and conducting, subjects include music history, theory, and pedagogy. Most graduates pursue careers in the professional music industry, whether in performance or otherwise, though many also couple that with a job in music education to provide more career stability. While the Master of Music can essentially act as a terminal degree – teaching university- or conservatory-level classes, for instance, rarely requires additional schooling – some students elect to continue doctorate tracks to specialize even further in a particular field.
41) Digital Forensics
Digital Forensics (source)
An increasingly relevant, important, and in-demand field, a Master of Digital Forensics prepares students for a career in the wide world of computer crime and cybersecurity. While government jobs exist, a large share of the cybersecurity business is privatized and on contract work. The main objective is protecting organizations’ valuable information from theft, hacks, cyber attacks, etc. – and, of course, following the breadcrumbs when breaches occur. Jobs are anticipated to grow nearly 40% in the coming decade, and typically offer excellent salaries and benefits to compensate for a highly stressful, 24/7 work experience.
40) Special Education
Special Education (source)
A Master’s in Special Ed prepares teachers to work with students with a wide range of special needs, primarily in the areas of learning, emotional, physical, and mental disabilities. While only a bachelor’s degree and licensure is required for practice, a master’s allows teachers to take on higher administrative and/or planning roles. Many graduates go on to work in P-12 settings, but career opportunities are also available in healthcare, nonprofit, tutoring/mentoring, and elsewhere. Accreditation is handled by the NCATE.
The important distinction here is an MFA vs. MA. The MFA (Master of Fine Arts) is designed for artists looking to hone their craft, build a portfolio, and pursue a career as a professional, whatever their particular medium may be (photography, painting, sculpting, digital, etc.) While MFA grads may, and often do, teach in MFA programs, jobs are often slim and highly competitive. The MA in Art draws from a broader, more liberal arts focused education in art history, criticism, and curation, among others. Graduates may teach, curate private or public collections, or work in other art-related fields. The MFA is typically a 2-3 year degree, and the MA is closer to 12-18 months.
A Master in Kinesiology, or the study of human movement, may prepare students to work in a host of areas, from clinical rehabilitation and sports psychology, to physical therapy, orthopedics, biomechanics, the fitness industry, and elsewhere, largely depending on the particular specialization. With some related jobs expected to see 20% growth, the field is likely to expand even further with advances in technology and research, in addition to new areas of development. An advanced degree will also place graduates at an advantage, as many in the field only ever obtain bachelor’s or lower-level certificates.
37) Health Care Informatics
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Thanks to the rapidly expanding (and exceptionally lucrative) field of EMR (Electronic Medical Records), specialists are in high demand and typically receive above-average compensation. In the next decade, industry jobs should grow more than 22%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An advanced degree in healthcare informatics prepares students to pursue administrative/executive positions in the field, which include strategy, implementation, and other business-related responsibilities. Degree completion time is around 2 years.
36) International Letters, Cultures, & Sciences
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This is really an umbrella category for masters’ degrees in foreign languages and cultures, though a PhD in International Letters & Cultures & Sciences might include multiple areas – for instance, in German (primary) and French (secondary). While obviously advanced linguistic proficiency is a central tenet of the degree, as that in itself is a prerequisite, much of the master’s is devoted toward a deeper knowledge of the particularities and niceties of the culture, including history, politics, etc. In this way, the MA emphasizes a cross and interdisciplinary understanding of a language and culture outside of the relative vacuum a typical BA. Students can expect to spend 2-3 years earning the degree, which might then lead to teaching, consulting, international policy and/or business, or work toward a terminal PhD.
35) Educational Psychology
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Seeing rapid growth in the last 20 years, Educational Psychology is the study of human learning. As such, the field is necessarily wide, engaging with disciplines such as neuroscience, biology, cognitive science, psychology, medicine, and more. In addition to working directly with students, educational psychologists work alongside teachers, school boards, councilors, and the like to strategize and develop appropriate curricula and teaching methods, primarily in the P-12 range. Obtaining a master’s in the field sets students up to lead the discussion on primary school education policies. Around 1 in 3 psychologists work in educational services.
34) Curriculum and Instruction
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Not entirely dissimilar from the above degree, a Master of Curriculum and Instruction prepares teachers both to hone their teaching skills and develop effective, engaging, and pragmatic lesson plans for a new generation of students that most agree desperately need a curriculum update. Specializations include early childhood, elementary, secondary, special ed, and others. One popular employment route for master’s graduates is as an instructional coordinator, also known as a curriculum specialist or instructional coaches, most of whom report high job satisfaction, in addition to higher pay.
33) Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering (source)
The broadest advanced engineering degree, and second largest workforce behind civil engineering, a Master of Mechanical Engineering will prepare students to work in biotechnology, automotive, nuclear energy, aerospace, and other industries. In particular, oil and gas is expected to seen an increase in ME hiring with the development of new extraction technologies. Earning an MS will also improve a candidate’s chances at management-level employment, which ordinarily pays a six-figure salary. The BLS anticipates the economy to add 21,000 mechanical engineering jobs by 2022.
32) Public Administration
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A Master of Public Administration is simply the public sector’s equivalent of the MBA, preparing students to work in any and all aspects of government, in addition to NGO’s and other nonprofit groups, which are becoming increasingly popular. Areas of focus include public policy, management, urban planning, economic development, environmental policy, criminal justice, and many more. The MPA is, necessarily, a highly interdisciplinary postgraduate degree, and therefore attracts students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. The US accrediting body is the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
31) Speech & Hearing Science
Speech & Hearing Science (source)
An MS in the speech and hearing science field includes potential specializations in speech-language therapy and audiology – each of which are currently in high job demand. According to the BLS, audiologists can expect 34% job growth through 2022, and speech-language pathologists can anticipate 19% growth. While health clinics offer employment, up to half in the field work in educational settings. Full-time students graduate in around 2 years.
30) Elementary Education
Elementary Education (source)
An MEd in Elementary Education prepares teachers to enhance and specialize K-6 educational skills, and adapt new theories and practices to the classroom. In addition, graduates may assume administrative roles, and many receive pay increases. Possible coursework includes differentiated instruction, advanced curriculum and theory, Internet integration, and remedial/diagnostic reading. From 2012-2022, the BLS expects to add about 190,000 elementary education jobs. Students normally graduate in two years or less.
29) Criminal Justice
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A Master of Criminal Justice, or MCJ, includes a wide swath of potential specializations: probation and court services, justice administration, forensic psychology, corrections and correctional counseling, homeland security, criminology, and more. Though a terminal professional degree, interested students may pursue a PhD for continued academic research. A master’s provides graduates with a significant leg up in the field, which mostly employs college-degree-earning workers. Administrative and management positions offer both competitive salaries and increased responsibilities and influence. It can also mean a decrease in busy, bureaucratic red-tape work, as an added bonus.
28) Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering (source)
With a large portion of the United States’ infrastructure in decay, civil engineering jobs are expected to grow by at least 20% in the next few years, with expected sustained growth thereafter. As such, it’s one of the most in-demand jobs in the engineering field. A Master of Civil Engineering includes specialization across the spectrum – from transportation and construction, to coastal and environmental – and comes with a boost in pay and opportunity for management-level employment. As of 2012, 50% of civil engineers worked in the private sector, and only 1 in 4 worked more than 40 hours per week. All accreditation is handled by the ABET.
27) Communication Sciences and Disorders
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A Master of Communication Science and Disorders (CSD), like the Speech & Hearing Science field, offers specializations in speech pathology and audiology, among others. First, students will decide to pursue either clinical or non-clinical degrees, with the latter being a first step toward a PhD fulfillment. Clinical practitioners with MS degrees earn above-average salaries and enjoy relatively flexible schedules, often working at either schools or specialized healthcare facilities, alongside social workers, physicians, psychologists, and other healthcare workers. Job growth is expected to be in the 20% range over the next few years.
26) Computer Engineering and Science
Computer Engineering and Science (source)
Obtaining a master’s degree in the ever-expanding computing field is great for both employment opportunities and compensation, averaging above 20% job growth and median pay often flirting around the six-figure range. Here, however, it’s also important to point out the differences between degrees in computer engineering and computer science, especially as each become more specialized. Computer science is a more general, occasionally academic, study that often emphasizes theory. Computer engineering is considered a slightly more professional degree, focusing on software and hardware, and borrows some from electrical engineering. There are currently more than 170 ABET-accredited programs in the country.
25) Industrial Engineering
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Students who pursue an MS in Industrial Engineering study the optimization of large complex systems and organizations. Given the scope of the profession, graduate degrees offer several specializations, in addition to core subjects such as operations management, organizational research, logistics, and others. In 2012, industrial engineers worked across a wide range of industries: aerospace manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, architecture, motor vehicle parts, and elsewhere. Management positions, which typically requires some postgraduate work, earn six-figure salaries.
24) Social Work
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The Master of Social Work, or MSW, usually requires two years of school, as well as an ongoing internship or practicum. The degree is typically one of two tracks: clinical/direct practice or macro practice, with a specialization in political advocacy, community organizing, policy analysis, human services management, and others. Clinical is historically more popular, though macro is becoming common too, thanks in part to potentially higher wages, depending the area of focus. A challenging but rewarding profession, job growth is predicted to grow approximately 20% through 2022. All accreditation is handled by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
23) Liberal Arts
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The Master of Liberal Arts, as one might expect, is an interdisciplinary, far-reaching degree that aims to cover numerous disciplines, with highly flexible curricula, determined by students’ interests and backgrounds. Almost all programs culminate in capstone project or thesis in which students synthesize their unique studies into a comprehensive whole. A relatively new but fast-growing degree, there are currently more than 130 colleges and universities offering master’s degrees in the field. In general, most students pursue MLA’s for academic and intellectual purposes, though certainly many go on to successful careers in a wide range of fields.
22) Information Studies
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At once new – with the advent of digital networks and the Internet – and ancient – from the Abyssinians to Aristotle – the synthesis, categorization, and management of information is as in-demand as ever. The Internet alone produced more data in two years than in all history. In this way, information studies can be thought of as a kind of overarching library science. A master’s degree can lead to well-paying career opportunities in many fields, mostly falling under the information scientist, architect, or professional title, though there’s not quite a standard title as of yet. Field professionals work to optimize an organization’s usage and management of information systems.
21) Nutrition & Health Promotion
Nutrition & Health Promotion (source)
Another expanding field, an MS in a Nutrition & Health Promotion program typically only takes 1-2 years to complete and focuses on program planning, implementation, and evaluation, along with other core nutrition subjects. Job opportunities include careers in nutrition, biology, health sciences, food science, health education, athletic training, and more. Some graduates go on to start their own entrepreneurial private practices. On average, jobs are anticipated to grow by more than 20% through 2022.
20) Community Resources & Development
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An MS in Community Resources & Development prepares students to analyze and strategize critical issues in recreation, leisure, tourism, nonprofits and community development, with an eye toward a career in public, private, or non-profit sectors. Through a holistic and interdisciplinary approach, students learn to develop and implement programs to strengthen a community’s assets and overall well-being. Most programs include some kind of practicum, and coursework generally takes 2 years to complete. Though careers range across a wide spectrum, several relevant occupations have more than 20% job growth expected.
19) Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Similar to the 26th item on our list, this degree focuses more on the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism as they relate to computing. As such, there is a focus on hardware over software. In particular, industry professionals often spend time working in R&D and design. While not as in-demand as software-oriented work, a master’s in electrical engineering is more broadly applicable, with workers also in electric automotive, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment, among other areas. Median pay is just below six-figures, and with a master’s degree is typically more.
A Master of Advertising (MADV) is a professional degree preparing students to pursue management positions in advertising, marketing, or PR. (Note that this degree is geared toward business aspects of advertising more than creative.) Areas of study include theory, research, strategic marketing, and communications planning, among others. Typically a two-year program, students often present a final thesis project to graduate. Job prospects are competitive but high-paying, with median management position salaries in six-figure. While employment opportunities do exist within individual companies, the majority of professionals work at agencies.
17) Sport & Exercise Science
Sport & Exercise Science (source)
A Master in the Sport & Exercise Science field is usually a very specialize-able degree, tailored to fit students’ interests and backgrounds. Some concentrations may include Health & Wellness, Athletic Administration, Sports Performance and Coaching, Sports and Performance Psychology, Sports Management, and more. Career opportunities and pay depend upon the particular area of focus, but many sports-related positions pay above-average salaries, particularly management positions, which a master’s degree should can go toward. Most programs can be completed in 1-2 years.
16) Engineering of Matter, Transport, & Energy
Engineering of Matter, Transport, & Energy (source)
This umbrella field includes aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, materials science & engineering, mechanical engineering, and solar energy engineering, among others. As you might expect, jobs in these areas are both numerous, high-paying, and typically in-demand. That said, competition is tight. A master’s degree quickly puts graduates at an advantage over their peers, with possible upper-level opportunities. One field to keep on eye obviously is green energy, which will potentially open up new, innovative vistas in many areas and spur further job growth. In general, these master’s degrees take 2-3 years.
15) Exceptional Student Education
Exceptional Student Education (source)
A master’s in ESE prepares graduates to teach and care for special needs students. Programs typically take 1-2 years to graduate, and often include a practicum to give students the necessary hands-on experience. Some subjects of study may include curriculum development and needs, instructional design, behavioral support and management, and ELL-related studies. A graduate degree allows students to pursue P-12 teaching, literacy coaching, and departmental and administrative leadership roles, among others.
14) Educational Leadership
Educational Leadership (source)
An MEd in Educational Leadership is specifically designed for students interested in leadership roles within the P-12 school system. Roles may include principal, department chair, superintendent, dean of instruction, program administrator, curriculum developer, and more. While often challenging, among primary and secondary schools, such jobs are the best-paying, offering above-average salaries in the highest positions. An MEd is essential for consideration for any of the above positions, and a concentration in educational leadership may further highlight a candidate’s unique qualifications.
13) Tech Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management
Tech Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management (source)
A master’s in the burgeoning field of Tech & Innovation prepares students to tackle some of the most cutting-edge, in-demand, and influential jobs in the country. Most graduates go on to do just what the title implies – starting a tech company. We don’t need to tell you the topsy-turvy, boom-or-bust career prospects of that world. However, many graduates go on to other exciting fields, sometimes after they’ve tried the startup scene: health & medical, finance, IT, engineering, and more. With a degree as broadly founded in tech, business, and leadership as this, career opportunities come galore.
12) Counselor Education
Counselor Education (source)
An MEd in Counselor Education is a professional degree that prepares students to become career counselors, elementary school counselors, mental health counselors, family/marriage counselors, secondary school counselors, or rehabilitation counselors. As such degree curricula vary and are tailored to students’ needs and interests. Of the above, the fasting growing fields are rehabilitation, with an expected 20% job growth, and mental health and family/marriage counselors, who are expected to see up to 29% job growth through 2022, according to the BLS. Depending on the student’s particular concentration, additional accreditation may be needed, but programs should at least be NCATE-accredited.
11) Public Affairs
Public Affairs (source)
The Master of Public Affairs provides training for public policy and/or government operations. Career options are numerous, but include international and domestic policy, political consulting, policy analysis, and public and non-profit management, among others. Such jobs are steady (some growing by 20%) and often prestigious. For upper-level and management positions, pay is above-average and often in the six-figure range. Of the master’s degrees in public affairs, policy, and administration, the master’s of affairs and policy are the most similar.
10) Public Health
Public Health (source)
A Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree that mostly emphasizes practice over research. In particular, MPH’s build on the following core subjects: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health policy and health administration, and social and behavioral sciences. Career prospects are considered steady and in-demand, with around half of professionals working in state and local government. The accrediting body in the US is the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), which currently lists over 100 accredited programs.
9) Hospitality Management
Hospitality Management (source)
With recent tech disruptions in the hospitality and hotel industry, the business is need of business-savvy, newly minted leaders more than ever. A professional master’s degree in the field will prepare students to lead the industry in the ways of brand management, guest experience, asset development and management, and innovative business strategy to compete in the increasingly lucrative, challenging landscape. Graduates can expect to earn upper-level positions in the restaurant, lodging, event planning, and gaming industries, among others. A career in one the largest, fastest-growing industries in the country – event planning alone is expected to grow 33% in the coming years – can lead to both high earnings and job satisfaction.
8) Education – General
Education – General (source)
One of the most popular overall degrees, and MEd is obviously a very specialize-able degree. Among the most popular concentrations include curriculum and instruction, counseling, school psychology, special education, and administration. On the whole, education continues to be an in-demand field looking for new talented professionals. A master’s degree not only increases median pay, but also allows students to gain in-depth knowledge of an area in order to lead future educational policy. Specific areas may require additional accreditation, but any degree should be NCATE-accredited.
An alternative to the more traditional MBA, a Master’s in Finance focuses more on the actual numbers – finance and financial markets – with little study in management strategy. In this way, the MSF, while still a professional degree, also explores theoretical and academic topics as well. In general, core studies include economics, accounting, and quantitative methods, before concluding in more immediately applicable work in portfolio management, investment strategy, financial modeling, and M & A, among other subjects. Finance jobs are predicted to maintain steady growth, and median pay is typically in the six-figure range for mid to upper-level employees.
A Master’s in Nursing (MSN) is another tailorable and flexible degree. Popular areas of study are acute care, adult, family, gerontology, neonatology, palliative care, pediatric, psychiatric, or obstetrics and gynecological nursing. Graduates choose from two tracks – Registered Nurse to MSN, or BS in Nursing to MSN. A master’s comes with pay increase opportunities and is essential for longterm one’s career outlook in order to gain specialized knowledge in a field. Healthcare continues to be a hot industry, and nursing is no different, with an expected 19% growth though 2022.
5) Non-Profit Management
Non-Profit Management (source)
The Master of Non-Profit Management (MNM), or Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO), prepares students for leadership roles in the non-profit sector. A relatively new degree, there are currently 40 on-campus programs and 17 online programs available in the United States. Though curricula are varied and still forming, some core study areas include strategic planning, fundraising, ethics, program evaluation, non-profit law, and organizational development. The most recent data shows that non-profits make up 11.4 million jobs, 10.3% of which are in the private sector. Assuming past trends continue, this rate will increase in the coming.
4) International Business Management
International Business Management (source)
A Master’s in International Business Management is an excellent combination of MBA and internationally-focused curricula. Areas of study include global business strategy, international trade policy, international marketing management, and international finance and logistics. Graduates can expect job growth continue both on the analyst and executive levels with excellent pay across the spectrum. As international markets continue to grow and become interdependent, the demand for knowledgeable, talented professionals will further increase, raising both pay, prospects, and influence.
A Master of Accountancy is a professional degree program that most states require before students can attain their CPA’s and practice professionally. Famously one of the most stable, well-paying jobs in the economy, job growth is expected to maintain 13% growth through 2022. Most accountants, about 25%, work in private firms, though other employment opportunities can be found in government and in-house accountants in finance, insurance, manufacturing, and elsewhere. Programs typically last between 1-2 years or less.
2) Health Services Administration
Health Services Administration (source)
A Master of Health Services Administration (MHA) is a professional degree for students pursuing a career on the business, administrative, and logistical side of healthcare, though most programs also focus on healthcare in the state, local, federal, and non-profit sectors. Most programs include a practicum complementary to coursework in order for students to gain real-world experience. Though numerous schools offer MHA programs, only 62 are currently accredited by the CAHME, the exclusive accrediting body. Of CAHME program graduates, 90% are employed within three months of graduation, and the BLS reports that medical and health service managers can expect 23% job growth through 2022.
1) Business Administration
Business Administration (source)
Coming in at our top spot is the Master of Business Administration (MBA). For career prospects and pay scale, it’s admittedly tough to beat, providing students with a broad knowledge of economics and a practical, way-of-the-word business management skill-set that employers know gets the job done. While not a prerequisite for entry-level positions, many companies in the business sector, particularly finance, encourage or require employees to earn an MBA before moving onto leadership and management roles. However, its top draw is the degree’s flexibility: something that can be used in just about any imaginable arena. In fact, among the hottest current jobs for MBA grads are operations research analyst, IT managers, and human resources specialists. For the Swiss army knife of master’s degrees with the most concrete upside, look to the MBA.