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The Master's as the New Bachelor's

In the past twenty years, the number of Master's degree holders has more than doubled. Because many new Master's programs are built to provide all-round competency in a field, the degree has become a useful tool in helping recruiters refine their searches and prepare undergraduates for a career.

The new Master's programs are designed to be as practical as possible. Many programs also include internships and other forms of career training, reassuring employers that they will get a qualified employee with significant training and experience before hiring.

While there is little doubt that some of the new Master's programs are useful, there is some debate as to what type of Master's will be needed (will a policeman really need a Master's in criminal justice?) and whether the new Master's programs will in turn spark a rise in doctorates. One professor called the trend "credentialism run amok." On the other hand, there is no question that these Master's degrees provide comprehensive knowledge and applicable job experience. As the economy continues to grow sluggishly, students will likely increasingly use these programs to market themselves more effectively to employers. Read the full article.