3 Factors in Selecting a Master’s Program

What master’s programs will you apply to? Selecting a master’s program entails many factors that you need to consider. It’s not just a matter of determining your field of study – master’s programs in any given discipline may vary widely. Master’s programs differ in academics, but also in training philosophies and emphases. In deciding where to apply, consider your own goals and directions as well as your resources. Consider the following:

Basic Demographics
Once you know your area of study and desired degree, the most basic considerations in selecting a master’s programs to which to apply are location and cost. Considering our program is solely online with two weekends spent in Laramie, you won’t have to pick up your family and move across the country for a few years. You can maintain your current career and home life while doing your studies, in your comfy clothes, online. Apply here!

Program Goals
Not all master’s programs in a given area, like Health Services Administration, for example, are the same. Programs often have different emphases and goals. Study program materials to learn about faculty and program priorities. Are students trained to produce theory or research? Are they trained for careers in academia or the real world? Are students encouraged to apply findings outside of academic contexts? This information is hard to come by and must be inferred by studying faculty interests and activities as well as examining the curriculum and requirements. Check out our FAQ’s here.

Do you find the classes and curriculum interesting?

Faculty
Who are the faculty? What are their areas of expertise? Are they distinguished? Are they all about to retire? Do they publish with students? Can you see yourself working any of them, preferably more than one? Have you connected with them on Linkedin?

There are many things to consider when choosing master’s programs to which to apply. It may seem daunting and overwhelming, but putting in the time to carefully select master’s programs will make it easier later on when you are accepted and must decide where to attend — that decision is much more challenging.

6 Reasons Why You Should Get An Online Healthcare Master’s Degree

In the healthcare field, the days of graduating with a bachelor’s and landing a job with room for continuous growth have passed. Yes, there are exceptions, but typically not the norm. In today’s cutthroat industry with technology taking jobs, it is becoming necessary to go one step further in distinguishing yourself from the pack. How do you do that? By attaining a master’s degree to set a solid foundation for professional growth.

So now you wonder, will the academic, personal, and financial rigor earning a graduate degree pay off?

Here are 6 reasons why a Master’s in Healthcare Services Administration is an investment in yourself, your career, and your future.

1. Increase Your Job Prospects

An M.S. in Healthcare Services Administration opens doors, and the general fact is that higher salaries are typically bestowed upon professions that require more specialized skills with greater responsibilities. Having a master’s will inherently be more financially lucrative, making you applicable for managerial and directorial positions.

2. So you want to change your career…

After receiving a bachelor degree, you went out into the world and spent a few years absorbed in our industry, only to realize that in order to move up, or change careers, you need something to set you apart. If you are looking to jumpstart a new career, increase your salary, have more options down the road, consider our M.S. program. You can find more information about us, click here.

3. Return on Investment

As a leader in this industry and your community, you need to constantly be thinking ahead and the added value of programs and partnerships you get yourself and your team involved in. So what is in it for you by getting this degree? When considering higher education, it is wise to calculate the return on investment based on industry data. According to the recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the profession of pharmacy is only expected to grow incrementally between now and 2026, but Healthcare Administration is growing at a much faster than average rate. Did you know that you can earn your Masters in Health Services Administration in just five semesters?

4. Our Graduate Courses are Far More Stimulating

Undergraduate programs cover a wide variety of subjects, some more generalized and others more topic specific. Graduate level courses, on the other hand, are entirely concentrated on your particular interest in the field you have elected to pursue. Many of our students love the practicality of our program and we have industry renowned professors guiding you through these courses.

5. Financial assistance: Where there is a will, there is always a way

Research your options. For our specific Master’s program, members of national pharmacy associations, to federal agency employees (including active-duty military) and to pharmacy residents are offered in-state tuition. All members of Wyoming Pharmacy Association receive a full discount on the first two-credit course, so that the full course tuition of $1,650 will be waived for that course. This is a way for you, as the student, to try the program with no tuition cost for the first course. All students are eligible to join WPhAPlease click here and select the most appropriate member type. If no other member type applies to you, then select “staff member” as your member type. We also have a variety of financial solutions for corporate partners looking to partner with higher learning institutions to provide options to their staff. If you are a corporate partner interested in more information, please feel free to contact asuderma@uwyo.edu for more information.

6. You can work in the comfort of your own home. 

Gone are the days where you have to pick a master’s program that is close to your workplace and young and growing family. With our online program, you have the ability to enjoy our courses anywhere in the world, as long as you have adequate wi-fi. Although, we are not able to offer this program internationally yet, it doesn’t mean that you can’t vacation to Bali from the United States and log in for our Sunday evening class.

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