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What is a professional degree?

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A professional degree is an advanced degree that prepares a person for entry into a specialized career field. Most professional degrees align with careers for which a person needs a license to practice. Medical doctors need a professional degree known as the Doctor of Medicine, for instance.

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Other examples of professional degrees include the Doctor of Science of Law, Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Health Administration, Master of Engineering and Master of Fine Arts. Many professional degrees require one to two years of education beyond an undergraduate degree, although some take three years to complete. Professional degrees often involve more professional application and less theory than a bachelor's degree.

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