You're Worth It: Five Reasons To Pursue A Master's Degree

In an increasingly digital world it’s not our ability to produce that sets us apart—it’s our ability to think. Learn more about the Master of Liberal Studies.

5 Reasons to Pursue a Master's Degree

Seeking an advanced degree in liberal studies is answering a call to become a dynamic thinker. More than a certification or training for a specific career path, those who embark on the path to a Master of Liberal Studies at Rice are developing skills that help them compete in a global, technologically advanced society. It’s no longer enough to know how to code or build impressive products, in an increasingly digital world it’s not our ability to produce that sets us apart—it’s our ability to think.

Graduates of liberal arts programs have a keen sense of the bigger picture and a sharp set of critical thinking skills, both of which are essential for rooting complex problems in a human context. Whether you’re looking to change the world, find an edge in the job market or simply broaden your horizons, there are many reasons for you to pursue an advanced degree. Here are the five reasons a master’s degree is absolutely worth it:

Become an Expert

Gain specialized knowledge in your field of choice. A master’s degree gives you the opportunity to dive deep into areas of study that challenge and excite you.

Advance Your Career

A master’s degree is one of the most significant ways you can increase your earning potential. Earning a master’s adds rocket fuel to your resume and gives you more credibility when you’re looking for a better position or a better title.

Expand Your Professional Network

Meet people who challenge and support you in your personal and professional growth. Your instructors and fellow students are from different industries, career stages or life experience levels—the perfect recipe for building a strong, diverse network.

Open New Doors

Find new opportunities you didn’t even know existed. Graduate school is a great way to explore what’s out there by trying new things, dabbling in different fields and expanding your horizons.

Pursue Personal Development

A master’s degree is the ultimate opportunity for personal development. It’s a reason to challenge your limits and embark on a journey of growth that will last a lifetime.

In summary, why get a master’s degree in liberal studies? Because it’s worth it; because you’re worth it; and because our world demands it.

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Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies - MS-550
Rice University
Houston, TX 77005


Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies - MS-550
Anderson-Clarke Center
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005