A Master's degree is a graduate level degree which can be pursued after your undergraduate studies. By completing this degree you will be essentially specializing within your field of interest, allow yourself the opportunity of a high paid job within your field of study. Such a degree is useful for those who are looking to get into the industry after finishing their degree, those interested in getting a feel for research before committing to a much longer 5-6 years for a PhD.
TYPES OF MASTER'S DEGREE:
- Graduate Master's degree such as Master of Science, Master of Arts and Master of Engineering are pursued to specialize in areas of Science, research and arts respectively.
- Business Master's degrees such as MBA and MIM that are pursued for Business and management related careers.
- Executive Master's degrees for top executive positions.
- Integrated Master's degrees which have a time span of 4 years with the first three years pursued at undergraduate level and the final year pursued at the graduate level.
GENERAL STRUCTURE OF MASTER'S DEGREE:
- Master's degree can be course-based or research-based depending upon the field of study and the Universities and have a minimal time span of 2 years.
- In the case of course-based degrees, there is a large amount of course-work followed by intense examinations in the first year of study. Second year generally deals with thesis preparation and its defense or internships and projects in the field of interest.
- In the case of research-based degrees, both the years are filled with research-work followed by a thesis preparation and its oral defense.
- General requirements include good undergraduate scores, language proficiency tests, GRE/GMAT, resume, statement of purpose, letter of recommendation, adequate financial support and a research proposal (as per university's requirement).
ADVANTAGES OF A MASTER'S DEGREE FROM CANADA:
- Introduction of multidisciplinary courses in many Canadian Universities highlights the mounting necessities for students with enhanced knowledge and a diverse level of competence.
- More importance is given to the practical aspects of education by Canadian Universities enhancing a student's research skills and professional competence.
- Emergence of new programs in many Universities is a direct result of Canada's ample resources creating experts in various nooks and corners of education.
- Tuition fees are quite less compared to other countries and many funding opportunities are also available throughout a student's graduate educational period making it a win-win.
- Top notch faculty members aid in perfecting a student in his field of interest and for this very purpose the best professors have been put together in Canadian universities.
- Canada, being a well developed country, has many job opportunities in every possible field after a Master's degree ensuring a high quality of life along with a good pay-scale.
- Less strenuous immigration and visa procedures make it even more appealing.
- Canada is a highly diverse country housing various ethnicities providing a rich cultural experience in a pleasant manner.
DISADVANTAGES OF A MASTER'S DEGREE FROM CANADA:
- There are various careers in which a candidate with a Master's degree has only a small advantage over a candidate with Bachelor's degree making Master's a choice only for the people who are absolutely sure of their field of interest.
- Work experience counts as much as a Master's degree and the advantage is that the individual gets paid for what he learns and not the other way around as in the case of graduate school which is expensive.
- Master's degree from Canada is mainly pursued to obtain overseas employment so the amount of money spent will not be profitable if the candidate opts for work in a less developed country.
Wanting to Pursue a Master's degree abroad varies with every individual's necessities in life and financial status. So make sure to consider all sides (both the positive and negative) before making a decision.