Applying for a Master’s program and it feels so difficult and annoying yet I cannot seem to get ahead without it….why???
Some professions have so many people interested that they can require a masters degree (see: social work, library science, other “helping” kinds of jobs).
Some professions, particularly in government, require a masters degree that teaches management kinds of skills for getting ahead. Management is a different skill-set than being a police officer or fire fighter and so on, so these kinds of jobs will require new skills taught in masters programs for getting promoted to management.
I’m not sure why the teaching masters degree is rewarded. Presumably it’s teaching skills that help in the classroom? But it’s also not required except in California, so I don’t know. It seems to be something desired by teachers unions, not school districts. So… I dunno.
I will mention that masters applications are down this year across the board (the labor market is tightening), so it should be easier than usual to get in! Our masters program has rolling admissions this year which is unusual for us (last year we had record numbers).