(1) Master of Business Administration (MBA): This is a popular advanced degree, with nearly one in five students pursuing this degree. Many colleges and universities offer an online master’s degree. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the greatest number of degrees conferred in 2011-12 were in business.
(2) Master of Science in Business (M.S.): The Master of Science in Business is a research-oriented degree. Many who earn an online master’s degree in this field go on to get a doctorate in business so they can teach and conduct research at the university level.
(3) Master of Education (M.Ed.): Education was the second most popular master’s degree earned in the U.S., with 172,000 master’s degrees conferred in the U.S. in 2011-12. This is a generalist degree that includes educational psychology and theories in education, although students can specialize in corporate training, E-learning or other concentrations.
(4) Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): The Master of Arts in Teaching prepares graduates to teach a specific subject at a specific level, usually middle school or high school. The MAT is more hands-on, often including practice teaching or related classroom experiences.
(5) Master of Science in Education (M.S.): A Master of Science in Education prepares student for administrative jobs in education.
(6) Master of Social Work (MSW): This degree prepares students with classroom and practical work to tackle problems facing vulnerable populations, be it children, youth, adults or the elderly. The social problems they prepare to work on include mental illness, poverty, oppression, homelessness, aging and physical illness.
(7) Master in Library Science (MLS): A Master in Library Science degree prepares students to work as professional librarians for municipalities, school districts of postsecondary institutions.
(8) Master of Public Health (M.P.H.): This degree can take students down a number of avenues, from the study of biostatistics to epidemiology or health promotion. This degree prepares students to work on a variety of public health issues and policies.