Based upon recent articles, is there any measurable evidence that getting a master's degree in a liberal arts field will increase the chances of employment?
The benefit and timing of a master's degree in liberal arts vary with major and career, said Wendy Shoemaker, senior associate director of Kansas University's University Career Center. In some fields, a master's degree is often required before entering the work force. For others, a master's degree is a way to gain access to more complex work or pay. But Shoemaker cautions that instead of jumping from a bachelor's degree to graduate program, students might work a few years before deciding whether a master's degree is worth it. Employers may help with the cost if a worker decides to go back to school. Employers also look at more than education. Skills and experience, such as internships and volunteer work, can also be important, Shoemaker said.