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A physics master’s degree opens doors to myriad careers
2019-04-18T17:08:14.8695005Z - Toni Feder / Hacker News
In the US—unlike in many other countries—academics in physics and some other fields commonly treat the master’s degree as an ugly stepchild. At PhD-granting institutions, leaving with a physics master’s degree may even be accompanied by undertones of failure. So is a master’s degree in physics a consolation prize or an aspirational degree? The physics master’s degree offered by the University of Washington was started in the 1970s with local companies, Boeing in particular, in mind. It also led to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s initiative to create professional science master’s (PSM) degree programs.

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