In some occupations (e.g., accountancy, health, education, law, and engineering) professional certification and licensure are contingent upon the acquisition of knowledge and skills that can only be acquired through advanced studies.
An advanced degree is a long-term career investment: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over a lifetime, people with a doctoral degree will earn an average of $3.4 million; those holding a master’s degree will earn an average of $2.5 million.
We are thrilled that you are considering Mizzou for your advanced studies. We encourage prospective students to gather and analyze information about the institution, degree programs, faculty and surrounding community. Beyond ratings and rankings, factors to consider may include the degree completion requirements; opportunities for interdisciplinary study; level of faculty-student engagement; opportunities for student publication and conference travel; percent of graduates employed in a field of study; and the state of facilities, library collections, laboratories, and equipment. You should also consider both tuition and estimated cost as well as assistantships and fellowships to offset the cost.
To make this happen, we need a University that reflects the demographics of the state and the nation. Our curriculum offers courses that prepare students for the 21st century, and our student services must provide the supporting infrastructure for success. Our research enterprise must be open to new areas of scholarship and inquiry that will help us understand this global phenomenon better.
An inclusive campus takes into account the diversity of the students, faculty, and staff. It goes beyond mere tolerance. It respects myriad experiences and provides opportunities for these experiences to be shared and celebrated with others.
We hold the premise that you will be successful at whatever you do at MU if you feel welcomed, respected, and able to be your authentic self. And, if you have engaged in co-creating this environment, the knowledge and skills that you have acquired can be transferred to other aspects of your life and future jobs in the U.S. or any other country in the world.
Beyond website information, be sure to call programs of interest to talk with faculty, student, and graduates. Trust your mentor’s advice, too.
The broad areas to consider:
After completing your initial analysis, ask the following:
This job sector encompasses jobs related to reducing fossil-fuel use, decreasing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of energy usage, recycling materials, and developing and adopting renewable sources of energy. This is great news for scientists and engineers across numerous disciplinary areas. Less obvious: The demand for architects, public-relations specialists, urban planners and financial analysts.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the projected growth rate is on the rise for many disciplines including environmental scientists; astronomers; biochemists and biophysicists; economists; computer and information research scientists; and psychologists.