In general: One is not necessarily better than the other. It all depends on you, and your life goals.
- College level post graduate certificates give you practical skills for a particular job, or small sector of jobs. These certificates compliment your undergraduate degree and prepare you for the workforce.
- Typically 8 months - 1 year
- Offered in a variety of subjects
- More focused, practical, and economical
- Can serve as a bridge to a masters program
- Masters/ PhD programs vary and are based around research, teaching, and writing. If you are not passionate about those big three things, perhaps a masters/PhD program is not the best fit for your interests.
- Typically 1-2 years of full time course work
- Offered in a variety of subjects: Broad career fields
- Upfront costs are typically much higher than graduate certificates
- Necessary for certain careers ( Professor, Doctor, etc)
In the job market today, it is becoming more common to need a masters degree to obtain senior management positions, or a college instructor position. To teach in a university setting, a PhD is almost always required. Researching your chosen career path, along with taking an honest look at the job market demands should help you decide which avenue is right for you.
If you need help deciding on which way to go, please come in to see us! We have college program information, and plenty of MA and PhD information and preparatory books. We would be happy to show you around CareerCruising and help you identify the relevant education needed for your chosen career path!
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