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When is the best time to get a master’s degree?

For many people with a bachelor’s degree, the thought of returning to school for a master’s can be intriguing. Whether you’re looking to switch industries or return to school to further your expertise in your current job, the UF Warrington College of Business has a program that can set you up for success.

But how do you know when is the right time to pursue that master’s degree? Let’s talk through some situations and your options.

Do you want to quit your job and shift to a new industry?

If you want to change your entire career path, Warrington has many resources to make the process as smooth as possible whenever you’re ready. The UF MBA Full-Time program welcomes students from all academic and professional backgrounds, and with one- and two-year programs, you can decide how quickly you want to make the switch. Our No. 1 ranked Business Career Services team can help you get back into the working world with an easy transition.

But it doesn’t end with UF MBA. Warrington also offers seven specialized master’s programs that give you a deep dive into your industry of choice. Whether it’s entrepreneurship, finance, information systems and operations management, international business, management, marketing, or real estate, Warrington has a specialized master’s program just for you.

Do you want to keep your job while pursuing a master’s degree?

You don’t have to quit your job to get a master’s degree at Warrington. The UF MBA Online program allows you to pursue a master’s from anywhere in the world. Our programs are highly ranked by the world’s most respected publications and ensure you don’t have to be on campus to receive an in-depth experience. Waiting to pursue this option can only slow your career growth and make you more hesitant about ever doing it.

Our online programs also include specialized master’s degrees. You can receive a master’s degree in international business, entrepreneurship or management without leaving your home. The flexibility allows you to continue working in your current job while earning a master’s degree that can help you move up or move on to a different industry.

Are you an executive wanting to further your education?

If you’re a seasoned executive, returning to school can sound daunting. However, the UF MBA Executive program makes sure your time in school is maximized. While you maintain your executive role, your classes will be filled with likeminded professionals who average 13 years of experience. You’ll be able to immediately apply what you learn to your job while pursuing a degree that can take your career to the next level.

Pursuing a master’s degree as an executive helps you more the earlier you do it, allowing you to move up in your career faster.

Are you a current undergraduate student?

At Warrington, you don’t have to wait until your undergraduate degree is done to start taking graduate level courses. Our combination degrees allow you to earn a bachelor’s and master’s at an accelerated pace, saving you time and money along the way. Undergraduate students can enroll in up to 12 credits of graduate courses during their junior and senior years.

Combined degrees are offered in entrepreneurship, finance, information systems and operations management, international business, management, marketing, and real estate. It’s important for students interested in a combination degree to begin the process early in their time at Warrington. Interested students should attend an information session for their programs of interest, create an academic plan with their home advising office, and review the programs’ websites to better grasp the fundamentals.

What’s next?

As you’re doing research and considering your options, please request more information about the UF MBA program or Warrington’s specialized master’s options.