reasons to get a masters degree

What’s in it for me? Do I really need a master’s degree?

By Dr. Sandi Coyne-Gilbert, MBA DM
MS Organizational Leadership Program Director, Goodwin University

During a time when you can't turn on the TV without tuning in to the COVID-19 crisis, it's hard to look ahead. Stuck indoors, away from groups and gatherings, it's difficult to gather our thoughts on the present, nonetheless focus on the future. But during these trying times comes opportunity, a real chance to take a step back and begin to envision and actualize what our lives can look like going forward. Once social distancing has dissipated, what do you hope to do differently? Are you looking to learn more or become a leader in your field? Do you want to create lasting connections and not have to worry about layoffs? Perhaps you're looking for more personal fulfillment and family time. Whatever the goal, consider earning your master's degree to turn the tide on all the “I should have's” and take control of your future.

Considering contributing more to your career? Below you will find six remarkable reasons to earn your graduate degree.

1. Expand your specialized skillset

Earning your bachelor's degree proves that you are up to the challenges of a college-level academic program, but you have likely not acquired the expertise in your undergraduate education that you'll need to excel in your career. A minimum of a master's degree is now preferred in many fields that in years past only required a bachelor's.

2. Strengthen your perception as a leader

By increasing your knowledge, you send a strong message that you can manage, inspire, and influence. And by contributing to research in your field, you enrich your professional community and gain leadership leverage along the way.

3. Advantages to point out to potential employers

Your master's degree makes you more marketable. By pursuing your graduate degree, you demonstrate to potential employers that you are willing to tackle and solve tough problems. You go beyond simplistic answers to create, analyze, and compare career findings at a higher level of competency.

4. Cohort connections that cater to your career

In cohort models similar to the master's program in Organizational Leadership at Goodwin University, students go to school with the same set of people from their first day of class through to graduation. Models like these help students gain perspectives from those in the same field and develop relationships inside the classroom and out with professionals who can assist with future networking.

5. Higher education means higher salary potential (and lower layoff rates)

When you strive for a higher education, you also encounter higher salaries and increased job security. According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, those with their master's degrees will earn salaries 35% higher than bachelor's degree holders. Also, as stated by the US Department of Labor, the higher your education, the less likely you are to be laid off. With a master's degree, you have the potential not only to earn more money, but also to be valued in your profession as a low-risk, high-reward employee.

6. Achieve personal fulfillment with financial backing

Once you graduate with your master's, your belief in your capabilities and self-esteem will seem to skyrocket. Your persistence, determination, and accumulated knowledge and experience are all symbolized in the diploma you proudly display. For lifelong learners, a master's degree improves their overall quality of life, as they confidently follow professional career paths and even create more fulfilling personal lives. Master's graduates lead the way in creating connections and contributing to their professions, embodying the type of streamlined self-assurance that leads to success. Students who finish a master's degree often find themselves admitting that their very fears were the tipping point to their professional triumphs. This newfound confidence will fuel your life and your family's life experiences. You can't underestimate the value of finding your own way.

No one who truly commits to pursuing a higher education remains entirely the same. Over time, opinions, perspectives, and point of views mature, deepen, and grow. Graduate students explore their perceived limits and ultimately discover more about themselves. By becoming more self-aware, they have an increased impact on those around them, as their professional and educational perseverance provides an ever-expanding platform for greater civic and societal engagement.

Now able to see the future a bit brighter, what would you like to accomplish? By turning your goals into your graduate degree, you tell those you want to work for, and the world at large, that you're ready for anything.

Learn more about earning your Master's in Organizational Leadership at Goodwin University.