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Advanced Degrees

Advanced degrees refer to university degrees beyond a bachelor's degree, including master's, doctor's, and first-professional degrees. The number of people who earn advanced degrees is growing, especially among women. Just 40 years ago, women earned relatively few advanced degrees, but today, women earn more than half of all advanced degrees. Advanced degree holders are more likely to have higher earnings and lower levels of unemployment than people with less education. However, long completion times and high attrition rates, especially for doctoral students, are a concern. In the United States, the master's degree is the first graduate degree.

Master's degrees typically require one to two years of full-time study beyond the bachelor's degree, and are awarded in academic and professional fields. The Master of Arts (M.A.) and ...

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