Generally, students in their 20’s vacillate a lot between options and are pretty much clueless about which masters degree to opt for. A lot of questions probably pop in your head, which creates an unnecessary pandemonium. So, to begin with, let’s get into the basic differences between a masters program and a doctoral program.
Firstly, the master programs are professional programs, so people generally opt for it to boost their career. On the other hand, doctoral programs are really more about people who are interested in academic positions or are interested in very specific research positions. So, to that extent, the admission into a Ph.D. program is going to rely on your ability to articulate a research agenda as opposed to any extra curricular volunteer work or other things that you have done.
Now certain experiences that you ‘ve had as a volunteer or outside the academic realm may have ignited a passion that has led you to a research question, but it’s always going to have to come back to find an institution at which you are going to be able to successfully carry out that research.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROGRAM(1 YEAR V/S 2 YEAR)
You need to look at it in the sense of what you hope to get out of the program. Generally, 2-year programs allow you a little bit more flexibility to explore the different courses while 1-year programs are very specialized and focused.
You need to learn about the particular program that you are interested in, and if you feel like you are getting enough out of the one year course, then go for it, but don’t forget to check out whether or not they provide an internship. Sometimes, students love to do internships in the industry before graduating and going into the particular field of their interest, so if the 1year course doesn’t offer an internship but the 2year course does, then you need to figure out if that is a good fit for you.
You need to see how much they cover during the 1-year v/s 2-year program. You need to do the necessary research on why one program has a duration of 1-year and the other one is a 2-year long course. So, going to an idealistic grad fair is a great way for students to find out if the program is a great fit for them because there are admission officers from various universities from whom you can clarify all your doubts, then and there. This will help you in getting to know about the exact differences between the programs. You could frankly ask them about why a particular university is offering internships in the 1-year program and the other university is not? How will that experience get covered? Or anything about how can a one year program cover the content covered in a 2-year program? All questions are heartily welcomed in Grad Fairs and thus you should really take up this opportunity and make the most of it.
You could frankly ask them about why a particular university is offering internships in the 1-year program and the other university is not? How will that experience get covered? Or anything about how can a one year program cover the content covered in a 2-year program? All questions are heartily welcomed in Grad Fairs and thus you should really take up this opportunity and make the most of it.
Going to these grad fairs will help you in making proper comparisons, which is definitely a great way to learn more about the universities and the respective programs that they offer.