7 Reasons Why Studying a Double Master’s Degree is a Fantastic Idea
Sponsored by EDHEC Business School
As the world of business becomes more globalized, the need for young talent with extensive specialized skillsets and knowledge heightens. This means an increasing amount of leading universities and business schools are having to develop innovative master’s programs to meet such demands, including the new contemporary double master’s degree offered at EDHEC Business School.
It’s never too early to start thinking about the next step after graduation. Some of you may already be toying with the idea of pursuing further higher education options, or it may not have even crossed your mind until now.
MBAs and other specialized business master’s degree programs can be a worthwhile investment for yourself, your career and your future – as long as it’s something you’re genuinely considering. Intrigued? You should be. Read on to discover seven reasons why a double master’s degree may be an ideal path to explore.
It’s a good way to overlap your areas of interest
Narrowing down your interests to just one master’s degree isn’t easy, especially as it can be difficult knowing which one is right for you. Fortunately, a double master’s degree allows you to satisfy your intellectual curiosity for more than just one field of interest.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the watermark of business education worldwide, strengthening your general management acumen as well as your communication and leadership skills. While a specialized business master’s degree aims to meet the market demands of a specific business field gap. Although they’re both very different degrees, they complement each other well.
You’ll gain a better insight into different industries
A double master’s degree can offer a much more comprehensive outlook into the world of business. Even though you may have only studied business, or management of finance at undergraduate level, a double master’s degree brings everything together so you’re able to understand how the various elements of business, management and finance link and collaborate.
It can enhance your career opportunities and earning potential
These are perhaps two of the most obvious reasons why so many contemplate the idea of pursuing a postgraduate degree. With the current graduate job market as competitive as it is, a double master’s qualification can be the springboard you need to help boost your chances of landing a more senior or managerial job role much earlier on in your career.
But don’t forget, knowledge and experience go hand in hand; the power of work experience is highly valued by employers as well. For example, the two-year double-degree MSc and Global MBA program launching at EDHEC Business School this coming September requires students to take up a summer internship or consultancy project during their studies. This is so students can put theory into practice in order to gain valuable insights into the world of work, as well as build and maintain professional network connections… which leads us nicely onto our next reason…
Widen your network connections
Firstly, it’s important you understand the value of networking, and not just the practice of it; you need to network like you really mean it.
The business landscape is evolving at a rapid pace, and so it’s important you’re able to build and maintain valuable contacts. It’s not just about introducing yourself to a course colleague as you wait for the lecture to begin, but about engaging in conversation, asking questions, and being generous with your answers.
The world of education is a bustling hub, full of people from all walks of life, and is one of the easiest places where professional networking connections can be made – you never know who you may meet, so use it to your advantage.
You can tailor your education to fit your career goals
It’s good to consider your motivations for pursuing postgraduate study – the career you have in mind may require further study – especially when it comes to business, finance or management.
This is why many master’s programs allow you to customize your academic curriculum to help plan a career path that’s right for you. EDHEC Business School’s double-degree MSc and Global MBA program even goes as far as allowing you to choose between which field of expertise to study, and not just certain electives.
After completing the MBA in the first year, you’ll have the choice to study either an MSc in Business Management, or MSc in Financial Economics in your second year.
It showcases a strong work ethos
For your own sense of personal achievement and for prospective employers, if anything else, studying a postgraduate degree demonstrates your desire, commitment and motivation to learn, which takes us onto our final reason…
You can make yourself a more desirable hire
Employers are drawn to candidates who show a desire to want to learn more. And as previously mentioned, being able to demonstrate a solid work ethic is more than just a desirable trait, it’s critical when it comes to proving your commitment and enthusiasm to anything you do in a professional setting.
Postgraduate study demonstrates your hunger for success, and is a good way help your CV stand out and get yourself noticed among the fiercely over-crowded graduate pool.
This article was originally published in March 2019 . It was last updated in January 2020