10 most useless graduate degrees

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    Sure, we offer some of those. The list is flawed. Each of the degrees offers the opportunity for more $. I understand the unemployment figures are part of the calculation, but the opp to make several grand/year more will more than pay for the cost of the degree. In some cases, it may open the opportunity for a job that an undergrad degree would not.
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    #2, #3, #4 and #5 are all decent degrees.
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    Two words make this article dubious; Yahoo Finance. You can't practice pharmacy without a graduate degree. The value of a graduate degree in graphic design or any kind of commercial art is extremely valuable since the industry throws you out the door before you're 50 so you need to be prepared to teach the next generation of designers. Even professional working session musicians teach on the side. Some go on to teach full time. A Phd from a good conservatory will earn you six figures at a big suburban high school up here. Chem E. and Comp Sci majors often get graduate degrees in different but related fields. It would hardly be a waste to have a BS in Chem E and a masters in material science. Some schools only offer masters in materials science requiring either a physics, chemistry or engineering undergrad degree for admission.

    Those statistics are just a snapshot of who is employed and what they are making right now. That doesn't tell you anything about the value of a degree you are working on right now.
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    #2 and #4 have six figure incomes.
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    most graduate degrees are "valuable" in the sense they can get you a higher salary than without a graduate degree. But, if you get the degree full time, you have the opportunity cost of lost income plus the actual costs of getting the degree.
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    the premise is how much more do you make with the graduate degree than without it and numbers don't lie. not sure they got the numbers correct but if they did then they prove out that a graduate degree in those fields is not worth the time and $$ invested to get it.

    I am a civil engineer. Give me a guy with a bsce and two years of experience any day over a msce as the knowledge gained does not provide the msce any additional ability to perform while the two years experience gives me an employee who is actually productive day one. Along those same lines, I will take a 2.5 who has done construction or survey field work over a person with 4.0.
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    These are the most useless? Most seem very sensible if you are working in those fields. There is no reason to go to grad school full-time unless it's part of a combined BA/MA program, and will add only an extra-year to your education. You should also already be employed, or at least established, in your field before considering graduate school (with the exception of professional degrees).
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    I don't know if this is accurate for all of the jobs listed. Number #10, for example, lists a 13 K difference in what seems to be average salary. I'm not sure how that breaks down over a 40 year career, but it may very well be worth it.
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    I'm an RN and say that MSN(Masters in Nursing) is a lame masters degree. Though it deos get the person more money/prestige/expertise trhan a BSN the nurse who already has a BSN and want sto further themself would likely do better by pairing their BSN with a masters in a field closely related to what field or area of nursing they are working.

    if the person has a BSN and is a wound care nurse and wants to get a more advanced degree that would improve their expertise/earnings/prestige---a wiser choice than MSN would be to go for an advanced degree in nutrition or microbiology

    if the person who has a BSN wants to get further in the ranks of administration---don't get a MSN....go for an MBA

    if the person who has a BSN and works in ICU,CCU, ER then instead of going for MSN-----go for a degree in physiology, etc or get specialized certifications related to area of intensive care you are interested in (NICU, PICU, burn unit, etc)

    if the person has a BSN and wants to teach nursing----instead of MSN....go for a masters in education.

    IMO, the only good reason to go for a MSN instead of another degree is that the person is going for a doctorate in nursing(a degree that has very limited applications) And nurses with BSN and a doctorate in a related field can often do better than a nurse with a BSN and doctorate in nursing)

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