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 Ph.D.
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 as 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 the 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 minimum time span of 2 years.
- In the case of course-based degrees, there is a significant amount of coursework followed by intense examinations in the first year of study. The second year 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 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 the 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.