What is the most popular graduate program?

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What is the most popular graduate program?

Have you just finished your undergraduate program and are now contemplating the multiple possibilities of postgraduate life? Are you looking to further explore your field of study and acquire a new, specialized skill set? But you wonder, what program is the most popular choice?

A master’s degree can help you get ahead in your professional career and have more opportunities to progress. A few degrees are more sought-after in the job market than others. The most in-demand programs are the most advantageous to those who want to upgrade their careers, acquire promotions and become more successful.

In this blog post we will discuss the different types of Master’s degrees, which ones are the most popular programs and why pursuing a graduate program can give you a great advantage in life.

Which Masters degree is most in-demand 2022?

Pursuing a Master’s degree enables you to enjoy a profitable career with multiple benefits such as a higher income and various career-growth opportunities. It can expand the student’s knowledge in the chosen field and provide a physical space to network with like-minded people.

There are numerous options for Masters degree programs. Yet, some degrees have become the most popular amongst students due to their elevated employability rates and comprehensive opportunities. Let's have a look at some of those courses:

International Management

In today’s ever-changing, interconnected world, degrees with well-rounded curriculums and international focus are some of the most sought after programs. International Management is a good example of these sorts of courses. It prepares students for multiple positions within a company as it provides a strong foundation in business administration combined with relevant experience, making graduates valuable assets for any company.

Some of the career opportunities after pursuing the Masters of Science in International Management are:

  • Project Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development Manager
  • Marketing Manager

Computer & Information Sciences

Over the last few years, technology such as Artificial Intelligence and Big Data has opened up possibilities for the future in all industries. As a result, there has been a steady growth in Tech careers. The MSIM with a Digital Transformation focus at FUS bridges the gap between engineering and management. Exploring the complex world of digital transformation with principles of sustainability and responsible leadership.

Some of the career opportunities after pursuing a course in computer sciences are:

  • Data Scientist
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Data Analyst

What are the 2 most common master's degrees called?

After finishing your first years of university, students today seek graduate programs that can help them secure high-paying jobs after graduation. There are several types of master’s degrees that you can pursue based on your personal interests and professional career goals.

The most common Master’s graduate programs are Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Science (M.S). As their names indicate, the Master of Arts focuses on the fields of arts and humanities, and the Master of Science focuses on technical and scientific departments.

Which subject is best for Masters?

You have made up your mind on whether a Master of Arts or a Master of Science is the most apt choice for your next step in your academic path, but are you struggling to pick a subject in specific? Let’s try to ease up your mind with more detailed information about our programs. The best type of decision is an informed one.

Choosing a Master’s program depends on your academic background and also on your future professional goals. At Franklin University Switzerland you can choose to pursue:

Our Master of Arts in Responsible Arts Management and Cultural Heritage, is designed to provide practical and theoretical preparation for future leaders and the next generation of art professionals.

Students will experience turning systemic challenges into functional solutions, through practical projects and strategies, applicable to any arts corporation and institution, business and cultural centers.

The program is focused on the following subjects:

  • Arts Collecting
  • Marketing for the Arts
  • Ethical Arts Management
  • Digitalization of Arts Communication
  • Management

Explore the full Curriculum and learn more about our international faculty.

The second option at Franklin University Switzerland is the Master of Science in International Management program, which is divided into three specializations:

1. MSIM - Digital Transformation

Students will discover the complex world of digital transformation and correct the trajectory of business in line with principles of sustainability and responsible leadership.

The program is focused on the following subjects:

  • Innovation and Project Management
  • Digital Transformation Strategies
  • International Business Economics
  • Innovation and Design Thinking
  • Global Issues and Responsible Leadership

Explore the full Curriculum and meet our international Faculty.

2. MSIM - Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems

Designed to provide both a practical and theoretical preparation for change-makers, climate shapers and future leaders in the food innovation ecosystem. Through a rigorous curriculum and multicultural experience, the program strives towards preparing leaders for today’s global food environment.

The program is focused on the following touchpoints:

  • Innovation in sustainability
  • Ecosystems and food value chain complexity
  • Entrepreneurship

Explore the full Curriculum and meet our international Faculty.

3. MSIM - Responsible Management and Climate Action

This course will prepare students to work with organizations worldwide that are engaged in dealing with the realities of addressing climate change. Individuals who can find solutions to NGO issues from a business perspective that spans many sectors are in high demand.

  • Responsible Management and Climate Action
  • Responsible Sales Strategies
  • Organization Evolution and Design
  • Innovation and Project Management

Explore the full Curriculum and meet our international Faculty.

For more details see Graduate Programs.

How do I choose a Masters degree?

There are a few simple questions that can help you decide the best program for you. Finding the right program is an important decision that should take into consideration your goals, the course contents, the learning methodology, the location and the possible links with the industry.

Goals, Motivations and Interests

The first thing to consider is why you want to study a master’s in the first place. Is it a requirement to pursue a particular field? Is it so that you can progress in your career? Or are you just doing it for the sake of learning? Whatever the reason, it can help you to narrow down your options.

Decide what your goals are, where you want to be in the next five years. Don’t choose a degree just because “it will look good on your CV,” but focus on the needs of your industry and the requirements for that job you really want.

Course Content

Specialized Master’s degrees can be your golden ticket to a new job. Graduates who specialize in niche fields are often sought out by companies because of their skills and knowledge.

Explore the curriculum of the program and check what the main focus and objectives of the degree are. Maybe there are multiple degree options available, examine the modules of each program and see which ones align best with your career goals.

Explore the FUS programs.


This is a very important factor when choosing a Master’s program. How do you want to learn? Do you prefer at home online courses, highly practical in-person learning or maybe a mixture of both? In today’s digitalized world, there is always more than one way of learning.

Franklin University Switzerland leverages the best practices of in-class, online and on-site learning. Courses on the Franklin campus are taught seminar-style in small groups, involve diverse international students from a variety of backgrounds and are delivered by experts with years of experience. The online courses are designed and taught by industry leaders who work at organizations such as Google, the United Nations, Amazon and many others. The practical experiences give students the opportunity to work and network in an international organization. Working on actual projects, students get the knowledge, experience and credentials to launch into the next phase of their careers.


Franklin University Switzerland’s graduate programs take advantage of its cross-cultural environment and central location in Europe to provide internationally-focused Master’s degree programs. Surrounded by mountains and situated on its namesake lake, one of the spectacular lakes linking Switzerland and Italy, Lugano is the ideal home base for the Franklin experience: a jumping-off point for an immersive exploration of the world and its people. Becoming a Franklin student means studying in a global environment while living in the heart of Europe and connecting with people worldwide.

Are Masters worth it?

Many students decide to pursue a Master graduate program to set themselves apart from the thousands of resumés arriving to HR departments. But job searching and finding is not the only reason behind the increased interest in graduate programs. The prospect of a higher salary is another advantage we cannot ignore.

Certainly, a bigger paycheck is frequently one of the main objectives when discussing prospective jobs. Even if salary rates depend on a series of factors like your chosen major and/or industry, a wide majority of companies offer a reasonable amount more to those who have acquired a Master’s degree. Last but not least, when discussing employability, the unemployment rate of graduate students is lower than Bachelor’s degree holders.

What is the average salary of a master's degree?

There is so much talk about the increased pay, but how much can the difference actually be? Students who reach the graduate level of education through a Master’s degree program average $77,844 annual pay in the United States. Master’s graduates earn on average $13,000 more per year than Bachelor's degree holders. A substantial return on investment for most students.


Pursuing a Master’s degree after your undergraduate studies has multiple benefits. Areas such as International Management, Computer Sciences and Sustainability are some of the most sought after in the current job market. Acquiring a degree in one of these specializations can make your resumé stand out, increase your earning potential and help you advance in your career. And let’s not forget that completing a Master’s program can also expand your professional network, by working side by side with experienced professionals in your field.

Want to join Franklin University Switzerland?

FUS offers an array of graduate programs providing a stronger skill set, hands-on, dynamic, and experiential learning opportunities to catapult you to the next level in your studies or career. Select form a diverse range of disciplines including art management, digital transformation, climate action, food systems management and political economy.

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