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Six Benefits of Pursuing a One-Year Master of Science

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Enrolling in a one-year specialized Master's right after getting your Bachelor's might be a great choice.

Sonia Gastaud is Deputy Head of International Admissions, EDHEC Business School.

Don't underestimate the power of pursuing a specialized Master's degree straight after your Bachelor's degree. Many employers expect to see a Master's degree for higher-level positions—so why not aim high while you have the familiarity of studying full-time?

Your undergraduate degree will demonstrate your proficiency in one area, while a Master of Science (MSc) degree will demonstrate to employers your level of expertise in a specific area of study. An MSc degree from a top business school is an impressive addition to your educational armor, and when it comes to finding a job with greater responsibilities and a higher salary, the investment is definitely worth the effort.

Many top business schools also understand the challenge graduates face in finding employment straight after graduation, which is why many schools (notably in Europe) embed a compulsory three- to six-month internship as part of their Master's program. Experience will definitely enhance your profile, and internships can transform into full time employment opportunities. It will also make you more confident and fully operational when entering the job market.

To summarize, here are my top six benefits in opting for a Master’s program after your undergraduate degree:

  1. Gain top knowledge in your area of expertise.
  2. Gain access to career services centers from your school and privileged job offers.
  3. Gain experience through your internship.
  4. Increase your job responsibilities and salary.
  5. Gain greater access to opportunities and career change.
  6. Take advantage of long-term networking opportunities via your peers and alumni.