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progressing to a doctoral program usually requires a master's degree.Edit

The Master's Degree requirement en route to a Ph.D. seems less common than indicated in the article, at least in the U.S. Many Ph.D. programs neither require nor confer an M.A. or M.S. en route to the Ph.D to discourage candidates from leaving the program after receiving the interim degree. Also, at least in the United States, there's an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine), and a Ph.D. in Medicine, but no Master's Degree in Medicine or Master's Degree in Veterinary Medicine. Basilwhite (talk) 17:09, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

Progression can be based on the job, rather than the degree programEdit

While it is true that in U.S. Graduate programs, a Master's degree is not required to undertake a Doctorate/Ph.D degree, it can be argued that many persons personally see that a Master's degree is a "requirement" before a Ph.D. Many of these type persons usually don't just go through a Graduate program from beginning to end; meaning once a person finishes their Bachelor;s degree, they immediately go into a Master's program and then once finishing the Master's they go into a Ph.D program. Most persons will stop at their Bachelor's and may work in their professions for several years and then enter into a master's program. They may work a several more years with a Master's and then go to a Ph.D program. Or a person will finish their Bachelor's and then enter in a Master's program. Work several years and then enter into a Ph.D program.

And usually that is because of their particular profession. For example, if the person is wanting to move up through the ranks, that particular position may require a Ph.D. And that position would still require knowledge that is gained only from having the knowledge and experience equivalent of a Master's degree. This is very common in the PreK-12 Education field. Also, if you consider the Allied Health professions, there are some that have Masters-Doctorate programs as well.

So, I think there can be more discussion because it's not so clearcut.


Rayghost (talk) 19:03, 4 April 2008 (UTC)Rayghost

Not really clear on what an MA is.Edit

This article is not really clear on what an MA is and what differentiates it from an MS, MFA, MBA... Etc. Also what would be the difference between an MA in Physics or Mathematics and an MS. §Ed98.14.32.60 (talk) 20:36, 30 December 2008 (UTC)

Requested moveEdit

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The result of the move request was: page moved. Arbitrarily0 (talk) 20:24, 21 November 2011 (UTC)


– The page currently listed as a disambiguation page at Master of Arts violates WP:DABCONCEPT in that the subject matter is susceptible to being discussed in a single article. This is demonstrated by the fact that Master of Arts (postgraduate) actually does discuss and distinguish the other types of Master of Arts degrees referenced on the disambiguation page. Furthermore, as the regular disambiguator of incoming links to Master of Arts, I have personally fixed hundreds of these links and virtually all of them are directed either towards the the postgraduate version, or towards the general concept of an additional degree distinguished from a Bachelor's degree, which is covered in this article. bd2412 T 16:15, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

  • Germany

Where does the information come from? In Eastern Germany the Maister Artium degree did exist (and still exists) at least at TU Dresden. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 141.30.191.56 (talk) 08:17, 9 January 2012 (UTC)

Support: the postgraduate degree is the primary meaning. Nick Number (talk) 19:04, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
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Magister Artium or Artium MagisterEdit

Why was the Latin title in Germany "Magister Artium" (M.A.) while the English one is "Artium Magister" (A.M.)?--2003:6F:8C6A:7EAB:2073:DED5:7EA:15C3 (talk) 12:52, 27 November 2017 (UTC)

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