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Going to the same college you got your bachelors from, to get your masters?

Cheshire CatCheshire Cat Registered User Posts: 351 Member
I have heard that you should get your masters degree from a different college then you got your bachelors degree from. Why is this suggested?
Have you or someone you know stayed at the same college they got their bachelors degree, to get their masters?
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Replies to: Going to the same college you got your bachelors from, to get your masters?

  • JohnBlackJohnBlack Registered User Posts: 314 Member
    I did a lot of research at my undergrad institution and faced the same dilemma. Are you going into research or a profession? If profession, it doesn't really matter as much. For research, go to a new school. It will broaden your interests and greatly expand your network.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 25,542 Senior Member
    Everything depends on your situation.

    Are you looking at one year Master's programs that you can finish up more quickly if you stay where you are? Is your undergrad college the best (or only) place to pursue the specific graduate program that you are interested in? Do you have geographical or economic constraints that limit your grad school choices?
  • Cheshire CatCheshire Cat Registered User Posts: 351 Member
    My undergrad college offers what I'm going for if I go to grad school, but the college is 2 hours away from my hometown and want to commute to the grad school I go to.
    I was just wondering why people suggest you get your masters degree at a different college than you got your bachelors.
  • mikemacmikemac Registered User Posts: 9,580 Senior Member
    These days many schools offer a 5-year program to get a Masters and Bachelors degree. So you'd only be able to do that at the same school.

    I think you may be confusing the recommendation with a Doctorate, in which case it is sometimes suggested you go to another school for the PhD so you are exposed to a different set of faculty with a different approach to the topic of your study.
  • spdfspdf Registered User Posts: 955 Member
    The biggest reason to go to a different school for your master's is that it will help reveal the holes and weaknesses (as well as the strengths) in your undergraduate education. Being in a different system with different teachers and surrounded by peers from different schools is like rebooting. The only way to really know what kind of education you got as an undergraduate is to look at it from a different perspective. Besides that, the new professors and different system at another school will broaden your scope of the field and help make you more rounded.
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