Master’s degree or Specialist?

In Italy many students choose to obtain a first level Master’s degree after the three-year degree, avoiding enrolling in the specialist field. This path is strongly influenced by the faculty of origin but it can be useful for those who need to deepen their skills in a specific discipline, although it is not advisable for all types of degrees.

While the Master’s degree is a valid alternative to a specialist degree for graduates in the healthcare professions, in other fields a master’s degree should be obtained. For those wishing to work in the public education sector, in the majority of cases it is necessary to have obtained a master’s degree in order to enter the competition class of the discipline to be taught. Even for courses of study qualifying professions regulated by specific registers, it is essential to complete the master’s degree and then opt, if necessary, for a second level Master’s degree.

To start a career in the world of marketing and communication, however, participation in a Master’s degree, even at the first level, could facilitate the placement of the student in a work context through internships within companies in the sector.

Master’s degree abroad

Following a Master’s degree abroad entails considerable differences – including an important financial outlay – and some advantages compared to attending post-graduate higher education courses in Italy. Being accredited with a qualification of foreign specialization is a business card that captures the attention of companies and allows them to acquire language skills in the field, not to mention the socio-cultural background that would be acquired during their stay in another country, or the possibility of interacting with prominent multinationals. Masters courses abroad are essentially of three types:

General Management, Specialists and Business Administration (MBA).

In order to gain a Master’s degree abroad, in addition to the aptitude interview and the other tests to verify the requirements to be carried out also in Italy, it is essential to pass the TOEFL English language knowledge test and Gmat, an exam that assesses logical and mathematical skills. In recent years, there has been an increase in online Masters courses, courses run by universities in support of students who are working or unable to move to another country.