Master, Specialized Master and MSc: what are the differences?

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You’ve decided that you want to do a Master’s degree, but are confused between a Master’s degree, a specialized Master’s degree and an MSc? You want to understand what distinguishes them from each other in order to make an informed choice? This is precisely the purpose of our article.

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What is a Master?

What exactly is the definition of a Master? It is both a diploma and a degree and many students tend to confuse these two very distinct concepts. In the first case, the Master’s degree is the national diploma that you obtain after 5 years of study. It is usually obtained at the end of an academic or professional course in a public institution.

In the second case, the Master’s degree specifies that you have successfully completed five years of study at an institution that is authorized to award it. It is then equivalent to a baccalaureate + 5 years. It is obtained at the end of your second cycle studies at an engineering school, a political science and international relations school, a faculty or other public institutions.

Who is the Master’s program for?

The Master’s degree is intended for any student with at least a Bachelor’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree who wishes to obtain a degree and/or a higher diploma of the second cycle equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree.

Do you want to take a long course and become an expert in a particular field? A professional Master’s degree is an excellent alternative. Do you want to continue your studies up to a doctorate? Opt for a research Master’s degree instead. Do you want to give yourself the best chance to enter a profession? Consider the Honors or Master of Science or MSc.

To choose a course and/or to get more information about it, we invite you to visit our website. You can also find answers to your questions by accessing our FAQ section.

The specialized Master

You want to boost your resume and be operational to access a particular position that requires expertise? We recommend that you opt for a specialized Master’s degree.

What is a specialized Master?

The specialized Master’s degree can be the key to landing a job. This is a label set up by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles or CGE and is normally equivalent to a baccalaureate level of study + 6 years. It is designed to provide a specialization for Master’s degree holders who wish to acquire the skills and expertise required for a position.

The training usually lasts only one year, including a few months of internship. Exceptionally, it can last up to 24 months.

Who is this training for?

Unlike the other Masters which are attained after a minimum of three years of higher education, the specialized Master’s degree is aimed at holders of a five-year degree. Since the training allows you to perfect your skills in a trade to meet the needs of employers, you can access it even if you are already a professional or an executive.

We would also like to remind you that the specializations are made available to you according to the current economic context and the needs of companies.

Why do a specialized Master?

Are you particularly interested in a position? The company that offers it generally only takes professionals who are already operational and experts in the field? This is precisely what the specialized Master’s degree is designed for and recruiters know it. This is why they often prefer holders of this label.

The Master of Science (MSc)

The Master of Science or MSc is also known to add weight to your resume for many reasons.

What is a Master of Science (MSc)?

It was also the CGE that created this label. Like the Specialized Master, the MSc also offers a specialization. However, if access to the Specialized Master is possible after a baccalaureate + 5, the MSc is accessible after a baccalaureate + 3 or a baccalaureate + 4 and is generally continued towards the last year of the student’s Master. That said, it is opening up a little more internationally.

Who is this training for?

The MSc is suitable for both foreign and French students who plan to work internationally. It is ideal if you are studying international business or political science and international relations. If you have a bachelor’s degree and you are at the end of a Master’s program, you can consider this alternative.

Why do a Master of Science?

The Master of Science has the advantage of training you in both theory and practice. It involves following a curriculum that is more academic than professional while requiring a few months of internship in a company. The MSc also requires you to improve your language skills, which is always an asset in the working world.

What are the main differences between these 3 Masters?

To help you choose the ideal Master for your projects, you should keep in mind these main differences The Master’s degree is both the diploma and the degree corresponding to a Bac + 5. As for the difference between the Specialized Master’s degree and the MSc, the former corresponds to a Bachelor’s degree and the latter is more open to the international field.

Updated 12 March 2024