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What is the difference between a master's and bachelor's degree?


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Generally, one pursues a bachelors of science or bachelors of arts degree first. It usually takes about four years unless it's a more extensive course of study such as math or some of the physics degrees which can take five years. AFTER completing the bachelors program and receiving the degree, if you are qualified and accepted into the program you will be able to pursue a masters degree which is typically another two years and often includes a thesis and "orals", meaning that the professors of the department can sit in a room with you and ask you just about anything you've learned over the course of the masters progam. Some of the less rigorous programs do not require a thesis and/or orals.