Graduate and Professional Studies

At Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU), we know the hard work that goes into earning a bachelor’s degree. From the long, late-night paper-writing sessions to putting the final touches on a presentation, earning a degree is hard. 

So why put yourself through the experience again at a higher level? And why bother earning a master’s or doctoral degree at all? We’re here to tell you: it’s so worth it! Here are five reasons to continue your education past a bachelor’s degree:  

Personal Improvement 

During your bachelor’s degree program, you’ll gain in-depth coverage of your chosen subject. With a master’s or doctoral degree, you’ll get a chance to dive even deeper into your degree, building a knowledge base that sets you apart from the competition. Plus, you’ll be able to take personal responsibility for your education to guide your reading plans and take full advantage of your institution’s available resources.  

With this increased ability to personally direct your education, graduate degrees offer a chance for you to build confidence in your skills and make you accustomed to an independent management working style. 

Ample Networking Opportunities 

A graduate degree gives you the chance and space to converse with other people who will one day also be high-level professionals in various fields. 

And with OKWU’s Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) programs, this opportunity is even more unique. Your peers will be people who share the same career goals as you, focusing their efforts to be successful in their classes while balancing full-time work and family responsibilities.  

As such, you can be certain that with a bit of extra effort, you can make life-long, personal, and professional connections. 

Graduate degrees offer a chance for you to build confidence in your skills and make you accustomed to an independent management working style. 

Change Up Your Career Path 

Not all of us are lucky enough to have ended up in a career we love right away. But with a graduate degree, you’ll have the qualifications to help you find the job you want. 

You don’t have to study a subject that is directly related to your bachelor’s degree either; you can broaden your opportunities with our versatile graduate programs, so you can confidently embark on a new direction with your career. 

Increase Your Earning Potential 

If you have a graduate degree, you won’t have to start at the very bottom of the career ladder if you want to get a new job. You can apply for high-valued jobs and instantly go for higher-earning positions. 

A graduate degree is more specialized than an undergraduate degree, so your specific skill will be more developed and sought-after. 

More Job Opportunities 

Nowadays, a master’s degree is the basic requirement for a lot of career jobs, with the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting that there will be an 18% increase between 2021 and 2022 in the number of jobs requiring a graduate degree. 

A graduate degree shows employers that you have a dedicated passion to study, develop and understand your chosen field of interest. 

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