Not all master’s degrees pay off

What students major in is far more important in landing a well-paying job than where students graduated from (“ ‘Financially Hobbled for Life’: The Elite Master’s Degrees That Don’t Pay off,” The Wall Street Journal, July 9).  Yet too many young people are obsessed with brand-name schools. They find out too late that they have burdened themselves with six-figure debt while earning less than $30,000 a year.

If they took the time to do their homework first, they would have learned that a master’s degree in film, for example, opens no doors, whether the degree comes from the Ivies or any other school.  But youth is addicted to brands, in education or in other fields.  There is little to no evidence that marquee-name schools are better than others.  It’s the major that is.

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