Why You Should Pursue a Master’s Right After Your Bachelor’s

Posted: May 29, 2024 | Author: Madalyn Bushman | Read Time: 3 minutes

A Smiling SUU GraduateIn today’s rapidly evolving world, the pursuit of knowledge and skill enhancement is more crucial than ever. With technological advancements, economic shifts and changing job markets, the value of education extends beyond obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

While some individuals may opt to enter the workforce immediately after completing their undergraduate studies, there are compelling reasons why continuing education at Southern Utah University through postgraduate studies is a wise choice.

In this article, we’ll delve into the reasons why going right into a master's program after graduation can be beneficial to you.

Still in School Mode

Now is the perfect time to further your education as you are used to setting aside time to study, complete your homework and focus on your education. Instead of waiting and going back to school a few years down the road, it may be easier for you to continue your education since you are already in school mode.

“Why not spend one more year to get the master’s degree?” Shemree Naegele, a CPA and SUU MAcc alumna, advised. “I was in school mode and knew the advanced degree, in such a short amount of time, would open more doors for me.”

If you plan to work while doing your master’s degree, know that the full-time credit-hour load for most graduate programs is lower (just 6 credits) than for bachelor’s programs (12 credits).

Networking Opportunities

Graduate programs at SUU offer unparalleled networking opportunities with peers, professors and industry professionals. Many employers look to university programs to provide well-prepared graduates for their new hires.

Building connections within your field can lead to job and mentorship opportunities that significantly impact your career trajectory. For example, SUU has over 150 clubs and organizations where students can find people with similar interests and career goals. SUU’s Career Center also hosts Career Fairs and events where students can network with industry professionals and learn networking skills.

Academic departments host networking events with companies in their particular discipline. The Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business has frequent lunch events with companies like The Big Four accounting firms, Intermountain Healthcare, and many others. These companies are looking for well-prepared job candidates, and an in-person contact can make a big difference. Likewise, the Commercial Music Program organizes trips to industry conventions, like the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), where top names and artists in the music industry gather.

Other networking resources include SUU Women’s Network, which hosts regular events, and SUU Connect, a digital platform where SUU students and alumni can find mentors and build a professional network. Don’t forget about study abroad programs, which can provide international networking opportunities.

The relationships forged during graduate studies can extend far beyond the classroom and provide a valuable support system throughout your professional journey.

Career Advancement

In many professions, particularly those in specialized fields, a graduate degree is a prerequisite for career advancement. Obtaining a graduate degree can qualify you for leadership roles, managerial positions or specialized roles within your industry. Additionally, employers often value candidates with advanced degrees for their demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and their ability to tackle complex challenges.

For example:

  • For educators, obtaining a master’s degree can lead to a lane change and pay increase
  • Obtaining the Joint MAcc/MBA degree gives graduates a competitive edge in both the accounting and business industries
  • CPAs in Utah need a master’s degree to qualify for the CPA license

Personal Growth and Fulfillment

Beyond the professional benefits of a graduate degree, furthering your education can also lead to personal growth and fulfillment.

Graduate studies provide opportunities for self-discovery, intellectual exploration and personal development. Engaging in advanced coursework, conducting research and collaborating with peers fosters a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction beyond acquiring knowledge or career advancement.

The decision to further your education after obtaining a bachelor’s degree is a significant investment in your future. If you are contemplating your next academic or professional move, consider these reasons why advancing your education could be the catalyst for a fulfilling and rewarding career journey.

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