Pros and Cons of Earning your Masters Part-Time
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Graduate students at most Australian universities can choose to enroll in part-time or full-time master's degrees.
Pros of Earning your Masters Part-Time
- Earning your degree through a part-time program will give you more flexibility when it comes to managing your professional commitments and family responsibilities.
- Online education and distance learning make earning a master’s degree even more accessible, especially if you choose to enroll in a part-time program.
- Potential employers will recognise completion of a part-time master’s degree as proof that you have sharp time management skills and are wholly committed to career advancement.
- Earning your master’s degree part-time or full-time will help grant you access to more employee opportunities and higher earnings.
- Engaging yourself in higher education will stimulate both your mind and body as you dig deeper into a field of study of your choice.
- Your university will have resources—financial aid counselors, academic advisors, etc.—that can help provide support as you navigate your part-time program.
Cons of Earning your Masters Part-Time
- A part-time master’s program may not feel as intense or workload heavy initially. Bear in mind that that is the point! A part-time student will complete the same amount of work as a full-time student, just over more time so that the part-time student can fully balance between other commitments.
- It can sometimes be challenging to stay focused on your higher education work for an extended period of time.
- If your current employer is not willing to help pay for part of your higher education, it can be difficult to find more funding.
- You will need to be incredibly committed and skilled at balancing your time between all your commitments.
- It will be challenging to complete your part-time master’s degree if your home environment does not allow you to take some time to focus on your degree.
- There are times when other life commitments can seemingly get in the way.