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Masters Degree

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
Hi

I am seriously thinking of doing a masters degree in counselling, part time though.

Has anyone any experience of EITHER part time masters degrees AND/OR counselling degrees?

Any help would be much appreciated!

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hmm, I'm sorry that I can't help you on the councelling side of things, but I'm also looking into postgrad degrees (in my case comp. science).

    Depending what you like the masters can be either v. good, or v. poor. All postgrad degrees are expensive, unless you get a studentship or study part time (in which case you can't get the studentship; figures, huh?).

    If the majority of the Masters is a repeat of what you've already studied (say Psych) for a Bachelors, then it might be better looking at doing a PhD (if available). PhD's are untaught research degrees (as a rule). They aren't much more expensive than a Masters (part time anyway), and you have a lot more time to complete them (min. 4 years, max. 8).

    Hope this helps some

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If you're worried about the cost of a masters degree there is an option that you might not have thought of...

    American universities typically pick up your tuition and give you a stipend (typically $1000-2000/month) to live on. The catch is that you have to be a teaching assistant, which means either teaching a discussion section (tutorial for you in the UK) and correcting students papers, or just correcting students papers for a big lecture class. The majority of my TA's in science and math classes are from countries outside the US. In certain fields, the stipend can be better than a lot of wages, at my school there is a new major that is trying to get graduate students and they're offering $32,000 a year in stipend in addition to tuition (which at my school is $25,000 a year)

    Of course, this means living in the US for at least two years. I don't know how you would feel about that, it's definately not for everyone.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hello.. I have just completed my Master's degree, so I thought I could give some advice to you.
    I would definitely think a Master's degree is worth the effort (and money) if you:
    1. are doing well in the subject
    2. want to get a better career prospect.

    I have found the type of job I wanted quite easily soon after I graduated. In today world where there are lots of graduates, just holding a bachelor's degree is not really particularly special anymore. If you have a higher qualification, it would definitely make you stand out.

    Mind you though, a postgraduate degree course (Master or whatsoever), requires a lot of hard work. It is much more intensified than a 3 or 4 years Bachelor's degree course. So be prepared for it.
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