Graduate School Search | U.S. and Canada | GraduateGuide.com https://graduateguide.com A Guide to Doctoral, Master's & Professional Degree Programs Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:13:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 What to do if you can’t meet a deadline https://graduateguide.com/what-to-do-if-you-cant-meet-a-deadline/graduate-schools/ https://graduateguide.com/what-to-do-if-you-cant-meet-a-deadline/graduate-schools/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:15:03 +0000 https://graduateguide.com/what-to-do-if-you-cant-meet-a-deadline/graduate-schools/ It may be hard to admit it, but sometimes - despite your best efforts - your professional or academic plate is absolutely full. Here are some tips for dealing with missed deadlines. 

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It may be hard to admit it, but sometimes – despite your best efforts – your professional or academic plate is absolutely full. There are potential collaborations with classmates, a draft that needs revising and an essay you’ve been avoiding – and only a couple of days left to get it all done. While there are the options of all-nighters and rushed work, sometimes the best solution is to admit that there is just not time for you to do everything you need to do by the due dates. It may be hard, as it goes against everything you’ve learned about deadlines, but the sooner you realize it, the better. Here are some tips to get you through surviving missed deadlines:

Address your anxieties

Good decisions are rarely made when you have peak anxiety levels, advises Inside Higher Ed.  As a first step, be gentle with yourself. Mistakes happen, and while this missed deadline may feel like the end of the world at the time, a good general rule of thumb is that it is not. Take this time, before you let anyone know about your fear of not delivering on time, to clear your head and be the best advocate for yourself. Determine when you think you’ll be able to deliver and make a set plan for yourself. This way, you feel like you have a new grasp on the situation.

Explain your new time frame

Now that you realize you won’t be able to meet your original goal, and you’ve taken some calming breaths, you need to communicate your next plan of action. Be concise and objective when you explain why you think you’ll be missing the deadline, says CBS News. If it was your fault, this is your chance to own up to it – but be matter-of-fact about it. It’ll probably look better to keep excuses to the minimum, but a professor or higher-up may appreciate the reasoning behind your tardiness.

Explanations should be relevant and timely. If the analysis took an extra two days than expected, say that. If there was a personal matter that affected your ability to work, you don’t need to go into detail, but succinctly let them know that something had come up.

Give early warning, and communicate efficiently

The earlier you realize you’re overwhelmed, the quicker you can communicate your concerns. The worst thing you can do is let the deadline pass before you reach out. One might say – disappoint people as early as possible. Don’t ignore the situation. The worst outcome is dealing with emails that are hunting you down. “Where are you on this project?” is not something you’ll want to open when it’s already three days late. Typically, you’ll know if you have too much on your plate and you’ll be able to acknowledge that before you’re drowning in your late work. The Muse suggests giving options. You can tell your professor or higher-up that you’re in the middle of a project that’s taking longer than anticipated, but ask if it’ll negatively impact their timing if it is a day late. Something along the lines of:

“I’m working on this project currently, and it’s taking longer than I thought. Would it be inconvenient if I got it to you tomorrow? I can finish it up tonight if you need it, but I would greatly appreciate an extension!”

Another option is to deliver what you have – say, the finished 6 pages at the moment – or offer that you’ll give them the complete 10 pages by the next day. That way, if they want to get started on looking over the beginning of your work, they can – or they can decide that they’ll wait for the finished product.

Use your best judgment

Let’s be honest, some things just can’t be late. There are job applications that have specific deadlines, or grant proposals. But if you’re working with a boss or colleague that you know, typically you can speak to them to determine what is needed and be able to strategize on how to get the finished product to them in a timely manner. If you’re juggling multiple things due around the same time, prioritize them. What has a hard deadline, one that is completely inflexible and needs to be done first? What is something that you can reach out about, if need be, and possibly get an extension? As mentioned above, it is crucial that you stay on top of your work and reach out before it’s due.

Make sure it’s rare

Most importantly, out of all of these tips, is that you don’t make missing deadlines a habit. Generally, your aim should be that you under-promise and over-deliver. Be careful when agreeing to deadlines, and consider everything you already have on your plate before over-committing. If you’re always reliable, professors and bosses will typically be forgiving and forthcoming when you ask for your first extension. It is not a surprise that people have a life outside of work and school. However, their patience may wear thin if you’re repeatedly missing deadlines and proving to be unreliable.

Make sure to build up professional trust after missing a deadline. You may need to prove yourself again, but take it as a purpose to perform to the best of your capabilities. We are all human, and there’s always an endless stream of things to do – don’t fixate too much on your mistake. Just do your best to avoid it happening again.

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Determining the next step in your education can be an incredibly challenging decision. Being able to visualize your desired future career, or even just having a vague sense of where that chapter in life will take you, is hard on its own to do. Deciding how to get there, however, presents itself first. Many students who know they wish to work at a higher level within an organization, like administration, may find themselves stuck between a Master of Public Administration (MPA) – or a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Both degrees can provide essential training for management positions, like accounting, human resources and strategy. However, where a student wishes to fulfill a leadership role can play as a deciding factor.

Master of Public Administration

Those who graduate with a master’s in public administration often are looking to work in the public sector. An MPA is seen as an accepted and respected degree for upper-level public service professionals. This is the best fit for someone who is looking to have a long term career working for non-profits or government agencies, says Business Student. Generally, the goals of an MPA program are to make students well equipped for a career in public programs where they will develop their managerial skills and advance their understanding of how internal organizations function.

The skills obtained in this program can make graduates an asset for leadership positions in the government and public sectors. Topics in these programs cater to teaching an understanding of social, economic and political environments that make up the development of public programs and inform how they operate. Below are some of the topics that one can expect to cover in an MPA program:

  • Public organization and management
  • Governmental fiscal decision-making
  • Research methods
  • Human resources in the public and nonprofit sectors
  • Introduction to public policy analysis
  • Organizational behavior
  • Community development
  • Analytical methods

For those graduating with an MPH, some potential careers include:

Urban and Regional Planner: Urban and regional planners are responsible for developing land use plans and programs that develop strong communities. They also consider population growth, revitalize facilities in towns, cities and towns – keeping community needs in mind to develop short and long term solutions to improve their communities. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the median salary for this role is $73,050 as of May 2018.

Budget Analyst: Budget analysts help public sector organizations organize their finances, plan annual reports and evaluate budget proposals. Budget analysts are essential to government officials, as their work and provided information gives officials the knowledge they require to decide on the final budget for an organization. The median annual wage was $76,220 as of May 2018.

Medical and Health Services Manager: The responsibilities of medical and health services managers include planning, directing and coordinating the business activities of health care providers. They work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering health care services, create work schedules and keep records of the facility’s services organized, among other organizational tasks. The median annual wage for this role is $99,730 as of May 2018.

Master of Business Administration

An MBA involves the study of business management, which includes directing and organizing resources. These resources consist of people, materials, finances and information. Typically, this program involves practical and theoretical training for business or investment management. It is a good program for general knowledge in regards to business management functions but is also commonly more specifically tailored for student’s interests. One can focus on fields such as accounting, finance or marketing. Actually, many schools now offer specialty MBA programs, like sports management, entrepreneurship, the entertainment business and health care.

While courses cover an array of topics, management training is at the heart, says Investopedia. This means students will see a focus on leadership, planning, business strategy, organizational behavior and the human side of running a large or small business. While curriculum will vary in this program, depending on a student’s focus point, core classes one may expect to cover include:

  • Accounting
  • Ethics
  • Finance
  • Macroeconomics
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Microeconomics
  • Operations
  • Statistics

For those graduating with an MBA, typical careers may include:

Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers: These professionals typically work with department heads to discuss topics such as budgets, contracts, marketing plans and the selection of advertising media. They also plan promotional campaigns, advertising campaigns, negotiate contracts and initiate market research studies. Depending on if their role is focused more within the realm of advertising, promotions or marketing – their primary job description will change. The median salary for advertising and promotions managers was $117,130 and for marketing managers, it was $134,290, as of May 2018.

Financial Manager: The primary role for financial managers is to produce financial reports, divest investment activities and develop strategies for the long-term financial goals of an organization. They also analyze market trends to maximize profits and find expansion opportunities. The median salary for a financial manager is $127,990.

Management Analyst: Management analysts, also known as management consultants, work to provide ways for organizations to improve their efficiency. They advise the managers of these organizations on ways to reduce costs and increase revenues. They interview personnel and conduct onsite observations to determine what methods, equipment and personnel are needed. They also develop solutions or alternative practices. Most work as consultants on a contractual basis. The median salary for a management analyst is $83,610.

Deciding between an MPA or MBA

While opting for an MPA may help those who know they want to work in the public sector take courses that specifically focus on those particular sets of challenges, like taxes and community resources, a student’s degree doesn’t necessarily dictate the rest of their career. There are people who work in the private sector with an MPA or people in government with an MBA. Those with MPAs are typically driven by a sense to make a difference and should expect a lower salary, typically due to budget restraints in the public sphere. If a student isn’t sure they want to work in the government or public sector, it may be advised they focus on obtaining an MBA. Either way, students won’t be locked down by their choice – but knowing what they want and picking the right degree can help better prepare them for their future.

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All about a master’s degree in social work https://graduateguide.com/all-about-a-masters-degree-in-social-work/majors/social-work/ https://graduateguide.com/all-about-a-masters-degree-in-social-work/majors/social-work/#respond Mon, 23 Dec 2019 22:17:04 +0000 https://graduateguide.com/all-about-a-masters-degree-in-social-work/majors/social-work/ Obtaining a master’s degree in social work opens more doors to career prospects in the field as well as higher earnings.

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Obtaining a master's degree in social work opens more doors for career prospects in the field as well as higher earnings. While a Bachelor of Social Work permits work within entry-level positions in the social work field, many looking to progress their career quickly will find that a master's degree may be required for advancement. If one is looking for a career that helps people solve and cope with issues in their everyday life, as well as delve into societal issues affecting communities, a master's degree in social work may provide valuable educational tools to help fulfill one's career ambitions.

What roles one may anticipate as a social worker, varying on their specialty

  • Identify people and communities in need of help
  • Assess clients' needs from a holistic approach to determine their goals
  • Research and provide information on community resources, like food stamps, childcare and health care that can improve a client's well-being
  • Deal with crisis situations, like child abuse
  • Maintain records and case files
  • Follow up with clients' to determine if their situations have improved, or are improving
  • Assist clients in adjustment periods, like illness, divorce, unemployment or grief

Social work is a career always in demand that has seen steady growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2026, the number of social workers is projected to increase to more than 790,000, which would mean an addition of 109,700 jobs overall in the field. It is projected that over the decade the occupation of child, family and school social workers will add to most of the jobs (around 45,000 of them). Within this field, there is an expected 16% growth rate, which is more than double the 7% growth rate average projected for all occupations from 2016-2026.

Topics covered in an MSW degree program

An MSW degree is a highly coveted degree by human service employers. As this field is known for constantly evolving to face the ongoing challenges in modern society, it is typical to cover a broad spectrum of concepts, some of which include:

  • Social Work Methods
  • Social Work History and Social Welfare Policy
  • Health and the Environment
  • Social Work Concepts with Couples and Families
  • Structural Oppression
  • These courses may also vary due to the graduate program, and if a student has a chosen specialty. Some programs may emphasize a more broad, holistic approach to social work while others may allow one to apply a more narrow scope to their studies.

A deeper look into what potential courses could include

Research methodology is an important structural base for many courses and career moments within the field. Students take this coursework with data collection and processing, research design, hypothesis formulation and statistical analysis.

A human behavior course is important for focusing on the interactions of people in a social environment. Students learn about the stages of human development, as well as previous research in the field in regard to human behavior. It typically will focus not just on family dynamics, but also human interaction as broader communities and organizational systems.

Students may also have a course that covers social policy, advocacy and practice. This course can be exponentially influential to students who are interested in the field of macro social work, which is less about direct client interactions but taking a systemic approach instead. Regardless of specialty interest, it is important for students to understand the history of the social welfare system.

Lastly, many programs will involve a clinical social work skills course. Most social workers go on to pursue clinical work, either in hospitals, schools or nonprofit programs. This serves an important foundational course covering practice methodology, client assessment, data collection and intervention. Typically, students will explore how their own class, gender, sexual orientation and other individual perspectives may affect their relationships with clients.

Qualifications to expect for MSW programs

Of course, qualifications will vary between schools, but here is a general overview of what to expect if a student is trying to plan ahead accordingly.

1. One can expect that schools will require a bachelor's degree, or a recognized equivalent, from an accredited institution.

2. Graduate schools are going to look for a satisfactory scholastic average, which generally would be a minimum grade-point average of a B or better (3.0 on a 4-point scale). They'll typically look at coursework after the first two years of undergraduate study. They may specify the last 60 semester units.

3. They may also look at a student's undergraduate preparation and training. Some universities may have alternate programs for a student who has already completely a bachelor's degree in social work, anticipating that they've completed a lot of the basic courses. They may be able to do an accelerated program, depending on the program. For those who had a different major for their bachelor's, schools may focus on finding that candidates have strong backgrounds in social sciences and liberal arts.

4. Many programs may also require a college-level introductory course in research methods, statistics or quantitative reasoning.

5. Lastly, some programs may want candidates to have experience working, either paid or volunteer, in something related to social welfare or human services.

Potential Careers

Obtaining an MSW will open many doors in the social work field. Graduates may decide to go the more clinical approach, focusing on a specialization in child and family work, where they can assist families facing issues varying from substance abuse to poverty to trauma. Others may work in hospitals or health care settings and advocate for patients, helping them understand their treatment options and navigate their emotions through the process. There are mental health social workers who assist clients face the everyday stresses, situational circumstances, eating disorders and other psychological conditions. One may decide to focus working in schools, facing a wide scope of issues depending on the age-range of students. It is important to note that further state licensing is required for certain roles, but a master's degree will get one further to their desired role.

If you'd like to pursue a master's in social work, browse our comprehensive list of graduate schools to find the right program to meet your academic and personal expectations.

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Plenty of people are hesitant to pursue an advanced degree because of the cost of tuition, as well as the added expenses of textbooks, housing and so on. That's where either university-funded merit scholarships or funding through an external source can come in handy.

Here are some scholarship opportunities that are open to graduate students that you should look into in the upcoming academic years:

Rick Guggolz Memorial Scholarship

This $1,500 grant by the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in actuarial science, economics, finance, mathematics, risk management, statistics, management or other business-related fields that relate to the insurance industry. The scholarship recipient is selected based on the following qualifications:

  • GPA
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Leadership positions
  • Dedication to the insurance landscape

ASH Foundation's Graduate Scholarship

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation awards $5,000 to up to 15 graduate scholars on an annual basis. This scholarship is intended for students enrolled in master's and PhD programs in speech therapy and speech-language pathology.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans awards a $25,000 stipend and 50% of tuition every year. There is no specific degree or career track necessary to obtain this scholarship. However, to qualify for this scholarship opportunity, you must be an immigrant or child of immigrants pursuing graduate school in the United States.

Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship

These grants are funded by the American Psychological Foundation with the main purpose of addressing mental illnesses. The Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship funds graduate-level students that plan to use the study of psychology to understand mental illnesses and the stigmas that surround them.

Davis-Putter Scholarship

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund supports undergraduate and graduate students who are active in social and economic justice. Qualified individuals should be advocates for equity at both institutional and societal levels. This scholarship program offers one award of $15,000 to a multi-faceted student activist. Applications for the following academic year should be submitted before April 1.

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Career spotlight: Speech-language pathologist https://graduateguide.com/career-spotlight-speech-language-pathologist/graduate-schools/ https://graduateguide.com/career-spotlight-speech-language-pathologist/graduate-schools/#respond Wed, 27 Nov 2019 09:27:58 +0000 https://graduateguide.com/career-spotlight-speech-language-pathologist/graduate-schools/ If you’re on the hunt for a career path that is rewarding, rigorous and motivating, you may find that the job of a speech-language pathologist checks all your boxes.

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If you're on the hunt for a career path that is rewarding, rigorous and motivating, you may find that the job of a speech-language pathologist checks all your boxes.

Whether they're working with younger generations or the aging population, speech-language pathologists get a sense of joy and satisfaction from the impactful work they do each day. We'll walk you through the basics of this career path, touching on what these professionals do, how much they can expect to earn, the demand for these jobs and how you can become a speech-language pathologist.

What speech-language pathologists do

Like most professions related to either education and/or medical treatment, the career of a speech-language pathologist is difficult yet extremely rewarding. Speech therapists assess, diagnose and treat communication disorders in children, adults and senior citizens. Speech and language disorders can emerge in children at a young age, through development delays, cleft palates or autism, or can result from trauma or health conditions later on in life, such as strokes, brain injury, hearing loss, Parkinson's disease and other medical causes, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In their day-to-day, a speech-language pathologist meets with clients to observe and evaluate their present speech abilities, tracking any progress they've made or identifying potential treatment methods, if applicable. They work one-on-one with children, adults and seniors to improve their voices and increase verbal fluency. In the instance a speech-language pathologist works with a client with a swallowing disorder, they will assist the individual to develop and strengthen the muscles used to swallow.

These professionals work closely with others, depending on their specific work environment. Speech-language pathologists working in medical facilities coordinate with social workers, physicians, occupational and physical therapists and other healthcare workers. Speech therapists who work in schools perform their duties alongside teachers, parents, administrators and other education personnel.

Salary potential

According to the BLS, the median annual salary for speech-language pathologists was $77,510 in May 2018, with the highest 10% of earners making $120,060. However, the earnings of speech-language pathologists often depend on the professional's work environment. A projected salary breakdown is as follows:

  • Nursing and residential care facilities: $94,680
  • Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists: $84,390
  • Hospitals: $83,970
  • Educational services: $68,270

In addition to work environment, a speech professionals'  experience and education level also influence their earnings. Many speech-language pathologists belong to unions, which grant and protect their rights regarding pay, sick and bereavement leave, among other benefits.

Job outlook

According to the BLS, the employment of speech language pathologists is expected to rise 27% between 2016 and 2026, at a much faster rate than the average for all professions. As the baby boomer generation is aging, they will be in need of more speech and language professionals to assist them should health conditions like dementia and/or strokes emerge. Another age group that will need particular attention in present and upcoming years is the population of children and young teenagers. As parents, teachers and education support professionals are becoming increasingly aware of speech and language disabilities, as well as autism spectrum disorders, they have begun assigning speech and language professionals to accommodate their needs, provide prognoses and improve their communication and socialization skills over time.

How to become a speech-language pathologist

Though each state has different requirements for speech-language pathologists, the qualifications for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) are as follows, as cited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):

  • Graduate degree from an accredited program
  • Completed clinical experiences
  • Passing score on the national exam

If you are interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist, you may need to earn a master's degree in Speech Therapy. The Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA), in association with ASHA, accredits graduate programs in speech-language pathology that can then lead to national and state licensure.  Many graduate programs in speech-language pathology require clinical experience, in which future speech therapists can gain hands-on experience observing and shadowing professionals as they work with clients with speech and language disorders. Many speech-language pathologists find it beneficial to earn a PhD in the field, particularly if they are pursuing research, private practice or teaching at the college level.

To find the right advanced degree that will lead you on the right path to a speech-language pathologist career, browse our selection of graduate schools to find the right program for your learning goals, location and budget.

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How to kick-start a career in foreign affairs and diplomacy https://graduateguide.com/how-to-kick-start-a-career-in-foreign-affairs-and-diplomacy/graduate-schools/ https://graduateguide.com/how-to-kick-start-a-career-in-foreign-affairs-and-diplomacy/graduate-schools/#respond Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:38:59 +0000 https://graduateguide.com/how-to-kick-start-a-career-in-foreign-affairs-and-diplomacy/graduate-schools/ When you’re interested in establishing peace and maintaining professional business relationships with other countries, you may want to become a diplomat or other foreign affairs professional.

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For those who love to travel, communicate with others and immerse themselves in different cultures, international careers can be rewarding and interesting. Two such careers include foreign affairs – more specifically, foreign service officers – and diplomats. Diplomats and professionals involved in foreign affairs are often highly respected due to the selectivity and the level of education needed to succeed in these roles. In fact, many people use the adjective "diplomatic" to refer to individuals who are tactful, skilled and intelligent.

When you're interested in establishing peace and maintaining professional business relationships with other countries, you may want to become a diplomat or other foreign affairs professional. Here are some of the primary qualifications employers are looking for when hiring these roles:

Become fluent in multiple languages

A lot of Americans don't bother to learn another language; they may assume that most people in the world speak English, so it's not worth the bother. However, diplomats and foreign officials may confront circumstances in which they need to communicate with someone who does not speak English. Because these professionals serve as a liaison between nations and political parties, they must be able to communicate with foreign affairs workers and leaders who are fluent in a language other than English. Especially in the U.S., a country with many international alliances and contracts, diplomats and foreign officials may be expected to speak more than one language. According to Babbel Magazine, the most commonly spoken languages in the world are as follows, broken down by the population of native speakers:

  • Chinese: 1.3 billion
  • Spanish: 460 million
  • English: 379 million
  • Hindi: 341 million
  • Arabic: 315 million
  • Bengali: 228 million
  • Portuguese: 220 million
  • Russian: 153 million
  • Japanese: 128 million
  • Western Punjabi: 118 million

Additionally, foreign affairs professionals who speak a number of languages – including those that are considered the most difficult to learn, such as Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese, Turkish and Russian, among others – are considered to be the most marketable, as state and national government entities are often looking for diplomats who can effectively communicate with a large number of people. Many foreign relations agencies require their workers to learn specific languages during the training for their role, or may be immersed in courses and independent study of a language when being tasked with work in a new nation.

Get involved in internship opportunities

As with most professions, diplomats can benefit from getting some experience in the field before beginning a full-time career in this profession. If you're interested in pursuing the path of a diplomat, you might consider one of the internship paths offered by the U.S. Department of State. The Pathways Internship Program is a paid, domestic opportunity for U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in relevant undergraduate and graduate programs. The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is unpaid, but provides invaluable experience to future diplomats by giving them hands-on experience working in embassies and consulates in the U.S. and around the world.

Becoming a foreign service officer

If you're interested in becoming a foreign service officer, you'll need to follow a specific step-by-step process. First, you'll need to complete a medical examination and the necessary background checks. Then you'll need to take a three-part exam, known as the Foreign Service Exam, which consists of an interview, negotiation exercise and written test. After passing each step of this process, you'll need to go to the Department of State's National Foreign Affairs Training Center, in which you will complete a 10-week training program. This process consists of a variety of courses in foreign languages and specific cultural norms associated with the country in which you will begin your work.

Earn an advanced degree

Even though it's possible to begin your career as a diplomat with a bachelor's degree alone, it may benefit you to earn a master's degree in International Affairs. Depending on the specific area of diplomacy or foreign affairs you plan on working on, you may also be able to progress in this career with a master's degree in Sociology & Anthropology, History, or Government/Public Administration.

An advanced degree can improve your salary potential, as many government agencies consider those with higher education levels to be more valuable in their roles. According to Chron, you must have completed at least one year of graduate work to be classified as GS-7, which is typically the starting point on the government pay scale for foreign services officers.

Aside from earning the pay that you deserve in this position, you may want to earn an advanced degree in this field to secure a job in this competitive field. It certainly isn't an easy field to begin, especially at an entry-level scale, so earning a master's – or even a doctorate – can place you steps above the other applicants competing for a job.

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All about a master’s degree in cybersecurity https://graduateguide.com/all-about-a-masters-degree-in-cybersecurity/graduate-schools/ https://graduateguide.com/all-about-a-masters-degree-in-cybersecurity/graduate-schools/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2019 09:49:01 +0000 https://graduateguide.com/all-about-a-masters-degree-in-cybersecurity/graduate-schools/ If you’d like to become a more reputable cybersecurity professional or are looking for the education needed to start this career, consider earning a master’s degree in cybersecurity.

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If you find the field of computer science fascinating, you might be interested in going back to school for your master’s. Even if you’re already working in the industry, you can benefit from advancing your education to improve your understanding of computer science practices and increase your earning potential and job marketability.

Perhaps you’d like to go into the specific field of computer science that protects data from being compromised by hackers and cyber criminals. The field of cybersecurity is increasing rapidly, making the demand for capable individuals higher than ever to combat a significant number of cyber crimes. If you’d like to become a more reputable cybersecurity professional or are looking for the education needed to start this career, consider earning a master’s degree in cybersecurity.

The rise in cybersecurity

As businesses are relying increasingly on digital and web-based measures, they need teams of professionals that are equipped to deal with protecting this online data. According to Market Watch, the cybersecurity sector is expected to surpass 300 billion USD by the year 2024, at a compound annual growth rate of 12%. The reason this industry is growing so significantly is that there have been an increased number of cyber attacks. The financial losses resulting from cyber attacks have increased by 62% in the last five years, impacting businesses and individuals of all sizes.

To combat hackers and cyber criminals, businesses are hiring information security analysts at increasing rates, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job outlook for these professionals is projected to increase 32% through 2028, at a much faster than average rate. Whether you’re currently working in cybersecurity or are looking to change over to this in-demand profession, you might consider earning an advanced degree in this specialized field of computer science.

Deciding between specializations in computer science

There are a number of master’s degrees in the computer science field, with cybersecurity making up only one specialization. Alongside an M.S. in Cybersecurity, other advanced degrees in digital security and protection include:

  • M.S. in Computer Science
  • M.S. in Computer Engineering
  • M.S. in Information Technology
  • M.S. in Information Assurance

Why might someone pursue a master’s in cybersecurity over a degree in another area of computer science? Rather than receiving a holistic education of technology and computer systems, cybersecurity graduate students can get a specific, hands-on understanding of advanced tools in cryptography, forensics and risk management. Rather than learning the theoretical concepts of cybersecurity, most universities emphasize gaining technical expertise in the field.

Sample master’s programs in cybersecurity

If you’re considering pursuing a master’s degree in cybersecurity, you might be curious about what types of programs are out there. Fortunately, this field of study has grown in popularity in recent years, so several universities offer advanced degrees in this area.

The University of Albany is currently preparing to launch its master’s degree in Digital Forensics to educate prospective and current cybersecurity professionals on the nuances of forensics examinations and cyber threats. At the moment, the university offers a bachelor’s degree in this field, but it is expanding its offerings to provide an even higher understanding of cybersecurity, as the field is growing.

Southern New Hampshire University offers an online master’s degree in cybersecurity that you can earn in as fast as 15 months. The program is asynchronous, which means you can attend lectures and complete your coursework on your own time, making it a convenient option for full-time workers and other individuals with hectic schedules. Some sample courses you can take in this program include Cyberlaw and Ethics, Incident Detection and Response, Network Assessment and Defense and Investigation and Digital Forensics, which are crucial components in the field of digital security.

Georgia Tech University’s online master of science in cybersecurity allows students to pursue three separate tracks: information security for a more computer science-driven path of study, energy systems for a focus on electrical power systems and policy to cover organizational, national and international concerns in cybersecurity. Each of these paths includes a cybersecurity capstone or practicum, in which students can explore the concepts they learned about in organizational, government-specific or other settings, putting their findings into context with real-world practices.

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All about an advanced degree in Classics https://graduateguide.com/all-about-an-advanced-degree-in-classics/graduate-schools/ https://graduateguide.com/all-about-an-advanced-degree-in-classics/graduate-schools/#respond Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:54:41 +0000 https://graduateguide.com/all-about-an-advanced-degree-in-classics/graduate-schools/ Many schools offer master’s degrees in this dynamic field, and plenty also have doctoral programs in which students can become subject matter experts.

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A Classics degree can help students gain the historical context, conceptual thought and experience in the humanities they need to pursue a dynamic career in law, education, journalism and civil science. Although one can begin a fulfilling career with a bachelor’s degree in Classics alone, a master’s or doctorate program are beneficial and often necessary depending on one’s intended career path.

Many schools offer master’s degrees in this dynamic field, and plenty also have doctoral programs in which students can become subject matter experts. If you are enticed by the history of ancient civilizations and the products they have produced – art, literature, architecture, philosophy and such – find out more about what you will learn in a Classics graduate program and what types of programs are out there.

Topics covered in a Classics master’s degree

Classics programs require students to complete courses that cover a number of historical periods, such as:

  • Classical civilization in Greece and Rome
  • Ancient Greek language and literature
  • The fall of the Roman Empire
  • Medieval Latin
  • Modern Greek language and history

Though many graduate-level courses cover these historical periods at broad levels, they just as often hone in on specific topics. For instance, a university may offer a Greek literature course that covers the works of Homer alone. There may also be a class on popular art and design forms during the Roman Empire.

Some courses dive into the social issues concerned with the classical periods. An example of this is one of the courses in Brown University‘s Classics program, “Decolonizing Classical Antiquity: White Nationalism, Colonialism and Ancient Material Heritage,” which deconstructs our conceptions of the classical eras in terms of colonial, national and racial influences. Additionally, Duke University‘s Classics program offers a course called “Women in Antiquity.” This class, and other similar ones offered by different universities, delves into gender politics and women’s experiences across classical eras.

Different advanced degrees in Classics

Once you’ve decided to get a master’s or doctoral degree in Classics, you might be wondering what type of program best fits your academic goals. While there are plenty of general Classics degrees that allow individuals to study the various nuances of ancient civilizations, other programs hone in on concentrations within this field.

The University of California, Berkeley has both a master’s and doctorate program in Classical Archaeology, in which students can study the material remains of the ancient worlds. By examining these objects, archaeology students can learn more about the individual and collective experiences of different cultures. This program may appeal to prospective Classics students who want to go on to become archaeologists, museum curators or post-secondary professors.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a master’s of arts in teaching Latin and Classical Humanities. This advanced degree is the right choice for classical enthusiasts and historians who want to use their passion to teach in a K-12 setting. This two-year program offers graduates Initial Licensure in the state of Massachusetts, giving them the credentials to teach the humanities immediately after graduation.

Some universities even offer dual master’s or doctoral programs in Classics. For instance, Yale University‘s Classics department offers the following combined programs for students who would like to be well-versed in academic fields aside from Classics alone:

  • Classics and Comparative Literature
  • Classics and History
  • Classics and Philosophy
  • Classics and Renaissance Studies

Typical requirements for a graduate degree in Classics

Each university has its own specific requirements for admitting students into their master’s and doctoral programs. Generally, a graduate Classics program will require candidates to have and complete each of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Classics or a related field
  • Proficiency in Latin and/or Greek language
  • GRE
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

If you’d like to pursue an advanced degree in Classics, browse through our comprehensive list of graduate schools to find the right program to meet your academic and personal expectations.

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Career spotlight: Petroleum engineer https://graduateguide.com/career-spotlight-petroleum-engineer/graduate-schools/ https://graduateguide.com/career-spotlight-petroleum-engineer/graduate-schools/#respond Mon, 28 Oct 2019 11:45:09 +0000 https://graduateguide.com/career-spotlight-petroleum-engineer/graduate-schools/ We’ll break down some of the basics of this role, including job duties, average wages and steps on how to become a petroleum engineer.

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If you are strong in the areas of math and science and are passionate about developing innovative ideas on existing and cutting-edge practices, you might be interested in pursuing a career as a petroleum engineer. We’ll break down some of the basics of this role, including job duties, average wages and steps on how to become a petroleum engineer.

Typical duties and responsibilities

Petroleum engineers play a significant role in a number of industries, including the automotive, transportation and energy sectors. These professionals work hard to recover oil and gas from underground deposits by means of drilling wells and oil rigs. Petroleum engineers work alongside other professionals in this process, including geoscientists – who help engineers understand the formation of rocks that make up the deposits they’ve created – and oil and gas field workers, who help petroleum engineers in drilling and recovering these materials.

On a day-to-day basis, these professionals have the following duties:

  • Generate plans for drilling, then follow through with these plans to retrieve oil and gas from fields.
  • Utilize high-power equipment to drill gas and oil from underground reserves.
  • Ensure all equipment and materials are being used as intended, following proper measures for safety and maintenance.
  • Report on the processes and results of oil and gas projects using quantitative and qualitative units of evaluation.

Salary projections

If this career intrigues you, you might be curious to know exactly how much you can expect to make as a petroleum engineer. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for petroleum engineers in May 2018 was $137,170, with the top 10% of earners making over $208,000. The BLS also breaks down the median wages for petroleum engineers in the following specializations:

  • Management of companies and enterprises: $172,570
  • Oil and gas extraction: $141,170
  • Petroleum and coal products manufacturing: $127,280
  • Engineering services: $126,910
  • Support activities for mining: $113,350

How to become a petroleum engineer

If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a petroleum engineer, you might be wondering exactly what it takes. Generally, when employers are looking to hire engineers for their companies, they look at two major qualities: experience and education level.

Typically, petroleum engineers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Many professionals earn their undergraduate degree in the specific field of petroleum engineering, but a BA in mechanical, chemical or civil engineering will suffice in the eyes of most employers. While a bachelor’s degree is paramount in securing an entry-level job, employers value work experience when hiring professionals in mid-level positions in petroleum engineering.

Although they are not required to earn an advanced degree, many petroleum engineers decide to pursue a master’s degree in Engineering to make themselves more desirable to employers. A master’s degree in petroleum engineering can help professionals gain further knowledge in the craft, particularly in new and evolving practices in the field.

Additionally, engineers that have earned a graduate degree in the field can go on to become higher ed professors in the subject at a full-time basis or part-time, while also working in the field as a petroleum engineer.

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Should you get your master’s in teaching? https://graduateguide.com/should-you-get-your-masters-in-teaching/graduate-schools/ https://graduateguide.com/should-you-get-your-masters-in-teaching/graduate-schools/#respond Thu, 24 Oct 2019 15:50:33 +0000 https://graduateguide.com/should-you-get-your-masters-in-teaching/graduate-schools/ When you want to become the best educator you can be, you might consider going to graduate school.

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If you’re currently working as a teacher, you understand the challenges and rewards associated with helping to shape the younger generation. You’ve poured your soul and expertise into your lesson plans, creating the most academically enriching experience for your students. But when you want to become the best educator you can be, you might consider going to graduate school.

Some states, like Massachusetts, New York and Ohio, require teachers to obtain a master’s degree within five years of signing their first teaching contract. Others don’t have quite as strict requirements, licensing teachers after earning a bachelor’s degree and completing an accredited teacher preparation program. (However, many bachelor’s degrees in education include this teacher prep requirement.) That means in many states, you won’t be required to earn your master’s degree during your career as a K-12 teacher.

However, there are plenty of benefits of earning a master’s degree as an elementary or secondary teacher. We’ll go through the major perks of going to graduate school for Education.

Increased earning potential

In many careers, a master’s degree is likely to increase your earning potential. However, when you work in a public school district, a master’s degree – or better yet, a PhD – is guaranteed to raise your salary. In each public school district, teachers earn a specific amount based on their years of service and their education level.

According to research from the National Center for Education Statistics recorded in the 2015-16 academic year, the average base salary for teachers with a bachelor’s degree alone was $51,800. These findings also show that the average base earnings for candidates with a master’s degree was $60,140, over $8,300 more than educators that have completed only their undergraduate education. With thousands of additional dollars earned each year, you can expect a full return on investment in your master’s degree within a few years.

Updated education practices

An education degree in 2019 is completely different than these programs were before 2000 and even a decade ago. Education practices are evolving every single year; that’s why most teachers are required to participate in professional development days throughout the academic year. However, the best way to stay up-to-date on best practices in education is to enroll in a master’s program.

Many of today’s education graduate programs cover a range of topics that apply to teachers and students of the present, including:

  • Differentiated instruction
  • Culturally responsive teaching
  • Instructional design – and the concept of “backwards design,” which many modern educators have leveraged in their disciplines
  • Inclusivity in curriculum design
  • Technology in the classroom

Opportunity for career mobility

Even if you have your sights set on teaching for the time being, you might eventually want to move into an administrative role at a school district. With a master’s degree, you can move into a role as a vice principal, principal or even a superintendent. Generally, schools will only promote or hire individuals for these positions when they have an advanced degree, either a master’s or doctorate.

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