Choosing the Bachelor’s/Master’s in Four Years
In 2013, Grace College introduced the Four-Year Master’s Accelerated Blended Degree. Through this program, students can obtain both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just four years. The program offers several graduate options and uses online courses and summer coursework in order to meet the requirements for the master’s degree.
This program also allows students to receive their bachelor’s degrees in three years and graduate should they choose to do so.
I am currently a part of the accelerated four-year program and will graduate with both my bachelor’s degree in marketing and a Master of Business Administration this May. This degree requires that I take two MBA courses each semester, beginning my junior year, and two courses each summer after both my junior and senior years. There is no denying that the program adds a significant amount of work to my plate, but a master’s degree isn’t easy to earn.
If you are attending Grace College and intend to earn a business degree of some sort, consider the accelerated program, and earn a master’s degree as well. Here’s why:
Further your education while saving money.
I remember contemplating with my roommate whether to apply for the master’s program my sophomore year. This was the one thing I took from that conversation, “John, why wouldn’t you do it? It adds no cost, and it can only help in the long run.” He was right. Grace was offering me a graduate degree and was only asking that I give them more of my time; it wouldn’t cost me an extra dollar. Time is valuable in college, but not quite that valuable. I knew I was more than likely going to need a graduate degree at some point in my career as the percentage of Americans entering the workforce (especially in the business industry) with a bachelor’s degree is increasing year after year. It is becoming harder to stand out on paper, and this was one way I could separate myself from the stack of other resumes.
Increase your chance to play a critical role in your field of expertise sooner.
Fair or not, chances are that the applicant that has a master’s degree is going to see opportunities that those without one may not see. Obviously, what I do with those opportunities is my choice, but it starts with receiving an opportunity. A study done at Georgetown University in 2015 states that college graduates with a graduate degree earn $17,000 more annually than those without. Much of this has to do with the fact that these college graduates are immediately being placed into positions that play a critical role in a company and spend less time working from the ground up.
Adopt good time management habits.
I had no idea how much my time management skills would need to improve in order to balance everything on my plate. While the master’s program adds work to your workload, it is more than manageable. Initially, I struggled with time, convinced there simply was not enough in a day. I tested this with a little experiment: I downloaded a time tracking extension to Google Chrome and began to track where my time was spent. Long story short: there is more than enough time in a day, and I was wasting quite a bit of it. These time management skills will be invaluable in the workplace. These time management skills have greatly improved my productivity and quality of work, and enabled me to hold a job throughout my time at Grace.
Grace College gave me an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. They have given me all the tools I need to graduate from college and make an immediate impact in my profession, without drowning me in debt. How many others can say that about their school?
If you are on the fence about this 4-year degree, take my advice: get in this program. Yes, it’s going to be challenging and give you more work. However, I highly doubt there will be a day in my life where I look back at these times and regret furthering my education for little expense.
Contact your admissions counselor about the options you have at Grace!