A master’s degree is a postgraduate academic credential awarded to people who have completed coursework and shown a high level of knowledge in a particular field of study or professional practice. The advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics, the high level of skills and techniques associated with their chosen subject area, and a variety of transferable and professional skills acquired through independent and highly focused learning and research are expected of students who graduate with a master’s degree.
When studying full- or part-time, master’s degrees typically take one to three years to finish. The duration varies depending on your chosen master’s degree type, the nation you study, and the subject you are studying. While a master’s program in the UK requires 180 credits to complete and 36 to 54-semester credits in the US, the standardized European system of higher education mandates that students must have 90 to 120 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits.