Master's Degrees

More is required of someone earning their master's degree compared to those in associate's and bachelor's degree programs. A master's degree entails more time and money, but still less than what it costs to pursue a doctorate or medical degree. Master's programs are available to nurses, psychologists, and anyone interested in health administration or public health. Nurses who obtain their master's degree can practice as nurse practitioners, complete with prescription privileges and the independence to open and operate their own practices—exclusive of physician supervision. Once a nurse has her master's degree she can become a certified nurse midwife or a nurse anesthetist. Nurses with master's degrees often move away from bedside nursing and into hospital administration where they participate in the running and overseeing of everyday hospital operations. Having a master's degree in the medical field elevates one to a level where more responsibility and respect are attained—important professional traits in medicine. Having a master's degree also means one is more relevant in his or her field.

When obtaining a master's, one must perform a lot of research and write a thesis to actually acquire the degree. Doing research and authoring papers and publishable articles attracts attention from those higher up in the medical field and bestows relevance upon the master's candidate and/or graduate. As with the baccalaureate degree, those in master's programs can expect numerous science courses, statistics, and research and business courses, as many people with master's degrees in medicine go on to run their own businesses or oversee medical corporations. Prerequisites for entry into a master's program include a bachelor's degree and competitive GPA and GRE or GMAT test scores.

Last Updated: 05/21/2014

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