A master’s degree is an academic degree you earn after completing a post-undergraduate course of study. A master’s degree requires that you demonstrate advanced knowledge in a specialized discipline. The Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) are the two most common types of master’s degrees awarded.
Master’s degrees can be based on research, coursework, or a mixture of both, and they typically take about one to three years to complete. Some master’s degrees pave the way for a doctoral degree, while others are terminal.