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Why Get a Specialized Master’s Degree?

Fast-track Your Career

A specialized business master’s degree is a non-MBA business degree option that will help you build a career in your chosen field of interest. If you are eager to propel your career forward, this focused graduate business degree is an excellent way to start. As an alternate to the more general business education of an MBA, you can become a subject-matter expert — and gain the edge needed to secure a position in your desired field.

Example programs:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Data Analytics
  • Economics
  • Business Analytics
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Health Care Administration
  • International Management

What Are the Benefits?

The benefits of a specialized business master’s degree can include:

  • no prior work experience required
  • shorter program length
  • in-depth knowledge of a specific area of business
  • higher starting salary than with a bachelor’s degree
  • an accelerated path to career success

Tips for Choosing a Program


You can tell a lot about a school based upon the success of its alumni. Look into job placements, starting salaries and the strength of the alumni network. School rankings can also help guide you, but remember they are usually based on MBA programs only.


To get the best sense of the program, you may want to visit the campus, sit in on a class and speak with students and alumni.


Specialized master’s programs are often more accelerated, leaving less time for internships. Ask about the availability of other learning activities.


Where would you like to live and work after graduation? International students hoping to pursue a degree abroad should also read this advice.

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