Master's degree an advantage or a disadvantage

Yourself
Posts: 14
Joined: Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:22 pm

Master's degree an advantage or a disadvantage

Postby Yourself » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:28 am

If your country has only 3-year bachelor's degrees, is having a Master's degree with a research component an advantage or a disadvantage?
I heard that some departments do not want to accept 3-year bachelor's degrees unless the applicant is outstanding. Of course having one less year to gain research experience is a disadvantage.
On the other hand, I also heard that admissions committees may have much higher standards for applicants with a Master's degree.
Which effect is the most important?

TakeruK
Posts: 817
Joined: Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:05 pm

Re: Master's degree an advantage or a disadvantage

Postby TakeruK » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:51 pm

I definitely think that having a Masters degree if you have a 3 year Bachelor's degree is a good idea. As you said, a student in a 3 year program has a lot fewer chances to gain research experience, take courses, and make strong connections with professors.

Having a Masters degree might subject you to "higher standards" only in the sense that if you perform poorly in the Masters program, then it is a sign that you might not be able to make it in a PhD program. But, if you do well in the Masters program, then it will definitely help you overall.




Return to “Special Concerns for International Students”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest