A. A master’s degree is a ‘regular’ and traditional, often 2-year degree program in a wide range of subjects. The two most common master’s degrees are the Master of Arts or MA and the Master of Science or MS. Universities also offer specialized master’s degrees, two examples being the Master of Fine Arts or MFA, and the Master of Business Administration or MBA. While most master’s programs take 30 to 40 credits, specialized master’s programs usually require 50 to 60 credits. Most master’s degree programs require students to complete required coursework (core curriculum) at the beginning of the program, followed by optional coursework (electives) at the end of the program. This is regardless of the program or area of emphasis.
Executive master’s programs are designed for working professionals who want to earn a higher degree without interrupting their careers. These programs typically have accelerated course schedules and offer more flexibility than traditional master’s programs. Executive master’s programs often focus on business or leadership, but they are also frequent in health and communication.