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Why do a Master's degree?
You have your brand new bachelor’s degree certificate  in your pocket.  Of course it’s clear what you should do next –a master’s degree!  But why?

There are six good reasons to do so:
 
1) Dive deeper – interesting for undergraduates
  
 
 
 
In most master’s degree Programmes the students are broadening their knowledge from undergraduate studies and they are specializing in a related subject.  This possibility is especially interesting for bachelor undergraduates.  They maybe have a feeling of completing a very broad training, but they often lack a sense of technical depth and focus.   A master’s degree is essential in order to achieve this goal.   And with your bachelor degree you cannot come too far if you would like to have a career in industrial research: for this you need at least a master’s degree or higher.
 
2)  A Step forward - to another subject and profession
Master’s degrees that are broadening your knowledge from your first academic degree are mostly consecutive master’s degrees (lat: succeeding) and they are for the most part offered and initially planned from the same educational institution.  For graduates of more traditional degrees however, are only those master’s degrees interesting that are aiming at a broader target group.  In that case such master’s degree programme can be a step to another subject or profession.  Of course it’s impossible for a german studies graduate to do a master’s degree in engineering.   However, other than that almost everything is possible:  for example a diploma in biology and master’s degree in optometry/vision Science.
 
3)  A perfect match - when a master’s degree matches your job
  
 
 
 
In an application process is a master’s degree advantageous after a bachelor’s degree or diploma, especially if it’s complementary to a specific position in the company.   At the AUS Jena many master’s degree programmes are oriented on demand in economy and their content was elaborated in a joint effort with numerous local and regional partner companies.  As a result of this cooperation the UAS Jena offers master’s degree programmes with a concrete and firm practice orientation. 
 
4)  Practice orientation - and supplementary training
  
 
 
 
Only a portion of academic programs are useful for graduates who have studied for 5 years or longer.   However, certain master’s degree programs offer a practice oriented training for professions, for which there are no diploma degrees.   Currently the UAS Jena offers various master’s degree programs, that are state-wide and partly nationwide unique, for example M.Sc. Optometry/Vision Science, M.Sc. Scientific Instrumentation, M.Eng. Laser und Optotechnology, M. Sc. Nursing, M. Sc. Pharmaceutical-Biotechnology, M. Eng. Medical engineering, etc.
 
5)  300 Credits - for a postdoctoral degree
  
 
 
 
in a Bologna Agreement  is determined that students can only reach 300 credit points if they graduate wih a master’s degree; these 300 credit points entitle them in turn to do a  postdoctoral degree.   A Bachelor graduate has after 6  or 7 semester normally 180 to 210 credits—a master’s degree is consequently the only way to senior and executive grade and a postdoctoral degree. 
 
6. A free choice -  is the advantage
  
 
 
 
A free choice is the biggest advantage of the bachelor-master-system.  After only 3 years of studying everyone can decide themselves what he/she would like to do next: do a master’s degree, rather start working, or do a round-the-world-trip and then look for a new orientation with a specific master’s degree program.
This was not possible before with long-term studies and today everything is possible and the decision is yours.  Use this possibly of free choice and make the best out of it!
Why do a Master's degree?
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