According to a CareerBuilder survey[1], having a graduate degree can give you a sizable competitive advantage. You can compete for jobs in in-demand industries and satisfy the minimum educational requirements for some professions, such as social work and school administration, by obtaining your master’s degree. In addition to giving you a chance to earn at least $12,000 more per year than you would with a bachelor’s degree[2], graduate school also offers you an opportunity to develop your critical thinking abilities, pick up specialized skills and knowledge, and advance your career. 

Returning to school to get your master’s degree does not require quitting your job or, in any other way disrupting your family life. The variety of enrollment options provided by many universities means you can return to school and complete your master’s degree sooner than you might anticipate. However, the precise length of time needed to complete your master’s degree will vary depending on several factors.

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Southern New Hampshire University

PROGRAM: Online Masters Degrees

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 3,000 on-campus students and over 60,000 online students, making us one of the fastest-growing universities in the country. Founded in 1932, we’ve been relentlessly reinventing higher education ever since and have gained national recognition for our dedication to helping students transform their lives and the lives of those around them.

We’re proud to provide affordable, accessible education that students can pursue on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH, over our innovative online platform or at our regional centers in Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth and Salem, NH, and Brunswick, ME.

SNHU has earned the Best Buy and Best of Business – Best Online Degree awards and is consistently ranked as a top Military Friendly® School by G.I Jobs®.

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