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Should You Do A Master’s At The Same University As Your Bachelor’s?

Considering staying on after your bachelor’s degree to do a master’s at the same university? We weigh up the pros and cons

Fri Feb 3 2023

BusinessBecause

You’ve finished your bachelor’s and you have two very clear choices: enter into the world of work and draw a line under your education or look to deepen your knowledge with a master’s degree

There are many factors to consider when choosing where to study your master’s, including the quality and cost of tuition, the potential salary you could earn, and what your job prospects could be. For many, it's often the simpler and easier choice to stay at the same university where you studied your bachelor’s. 

Here are the pros and cons of studying a master’s at the same university as your bachelor’s. 


PRO: You can benefit from strong ties to the school

By staying with the same school, you’re able to build on the existing relationships and networks that you've already built. 

The school already knows you. Faculty are likely to know your strengths, and this can give you a leg up in the admissions process. If you are already inside a top academic institution, this could help you into a world-renowned master’s program with international recognition.  

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If you’ve had a positive experience with your bachelor’s, you can also be confident in the academic environment.

Manon Pellegrin (pictured) studied a Master of Marketing2022's most popular master's degreeat EDHEC Business School. She says this was a big factor when applying for her degree.

“I considered ESSEC in Singapore, or HEC Montreal. But I made the choice of consistency and preferred to continue my studies at EDHEC. I made that decision because I already knew some of the professors and I had confidence in the program.”


CON: You might be restricting your network

Networking is a key part of postgraduate education and one of the many ways enrolling in a business masters like the Master in Finance will boost your job prospects. By staying at the same university, you limit your network to one institution rather than to two or more. 96060750c819699fb19d30c089a409e85ed4b6aa.jpeg

Depending on your degree, you’ll be studying from a similar group of lecturers, and you’ll be part of the same alumni network. You also won’t get the opportunity to experience a campus in an entirely new location, which could help deepen your links to more than one city or country around the world. 

“By studying elsewhere, students can benefit from two different networks that enrich their CV and widen the outreach of their job search,” says Veronica Sullo (pictured), international recruitment coordinator for Bocconi University. "This is the reason why we offer our MSc students plenty of double degree opportunities with more than 30 different universities worldwide."


PRO: You can get a tuition fee discount

Universities are keen for students to stay on to study a master’s, and accordingly will offer several incentives to try and attract bachelor’s students to stay. 

Many master’s programs reserve a certain number of seats in the class for internal applications prior to external applications, so you could bag an offer before other students even start applying. 

Some master’s programs offer to waive certain admissions requirements to bachelor’s, such as a GMAT score, which can often be a time consuming part of the process. 

Certain universities even go a step further and offer a tuition fee discount to students progressing from a bachelor’s. Schools often ask graduates to apply for the discount, and the amount depends on the institution, but it can range from anywhere up to 20% off the total cost of tuition.  


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CON: You may be limiting your international exposure

With a range of schools located in different countries on your resumé, you’re likely to stand out to employers for your international exposure. Conversely, if you stay in the same school and country, that may limit your exposure. 

It’s true—studying your master’s in a different country will increase your exposure to the culture, will help you build contacts in that location, and may even help you learn a new language. 

Master’s programs, however, make an effort to make sure that your experience isn’t just focused on the country where the university is based. Trips, international consulting projects, and internships often transport students to different countries. 

More programs now offer a double degree master’s, allowing students to spend time at both institutions and to gain a certificate from both. Collaborations include the HKUST-NYU Stern joint Master’s in Global Finance, and the M2M joint program between HEC Paris and Yale School of Management. 

Master's programs are also often more diverse than bachelor’s programs. “I was able to work with students from several different cultures, which was super interesting both from a cultural and professional point of view,” EDHEC grad Manon reveals. 


PRO: You can establish yourself in one environment

During a bachelor’s, you’ll spend three or four years living in a certain location, getting to know a city and a campus well, and starting to build further ties that may establish you there in the long term. 0246cbce991ccf85a2062d2fa87d9428b3499a41.jpeg

“Staying at EDHEC, I didn’t waste any of my time integrating a class with a fundamentally different mindset, different values. I already represented them,” explains Alexandre Gimenez (pictured), a graduate from the EDHEC Master in Marketing.  

This stretches far beyond the classroom in extracurriculars. “Staying on for a master is a good choice for those students who have been involved in university campus activities, boards, student or sport associations,” Veronica from Bocconi says.

For students looking to get into research or tutorship positions during their master’s, she adds, it can be helpful to have a preexisting relationship with faculty from your bachelor’s. 


7954e7135c4f60534ef4daa436805d4a30e45806.png Deciding whether to stay at your current university or try somewhere new depends largely on the individual. 

Overall, your decision should reflect the quality of the master's program you're applying to, what you want to achieve and where you see yourself after you graduate. Location, reputation, and global opportunities, among other factors, should all weigh in on your final decision. 

Whether you choose to pursue a master's degree at the same university as your bachelor’s, or elsewhere, those factors should remain consistent. 1f9a2927f0e0bb8ecc11ce08ada986fa246539e9.png

Student Reviews

Bocconi University

Edoardo

Verified

25/01/2022

Blended

Everything was great ( apart from the covid part)

I really enjoyed this experience because I built a really strong relationship with other students and professors. This fact has permitted me to grow as a person and also to improve my academic background by confronting myself with other people. I would encourage Bocconi to create a new method of exams for online courses (I have experienced it during the covid-19 period) because they could not manage to control and to avoid shameless situations such as software breakdowns just before the exams.

Student

Verified

8/11/2021

On Campus

Amazing course

The workload is really heavy, but that’s the only way to prepare students for the job market. Bocconi offers also many services to help students kick off their careers. Overall, Bocconi University Masters Degree is the best option for ambitious students and the best choice among Italian and maybe European universities.

Student

Verified

24/07/2020

A great experience

A fundamental experience to understand what I want to do in life. In the three years I attended Bocconi University, I laid the foundations for my business education. I will always be grateful to it. I absolutely recommend it.

Alessandra

Verified

26/06/2020

Bocconi: Italian Quality

The great thing about this University is that it is one of the few Italian universities offering such international programs. My course is unique and doesn't exist anywhere else, so if you like arts and economics, Bocconi is the best place. The course provides both subjects concerning arts/philosophy, and ones more related to economics. Personally, I have decided to follow a different path because I am not so interested in working in this specific field, but this course is totally worth it if you want to work in a creative industry. Indeed, it gives people with a passion for luxury, arts and so on with a complete knowledge concerning management. The best part has been the great support offered by the University in every aspect, going from on-campus facilities to monthly job fairs to better understand the kind of career we want to pursue. This is often taken for granted in Italian universities.

Student

Verified

25/05/2020

Professional and amazing

Very well organized university. I have studied Financial management and I graduated with 108/110. The teachers are really good and professional. The university has all the facilities and the services are professional. I really enjoyed studying in a professional and international environment. Bocconi has played an important role in finding my actual job!

Student

Verified

28/10/2019

Great university which gives wonderful placement opportunities.

I really like Bocconi. What I appreciated the most was the high level of teaching and the opportunities given in terms of placement and networking connections. I strongly recommend this university if you want to pursue a great working career.

Student

Verified

27/10/2019

Beautiful environment

Beautiful community of students with lots of opportunities for in-campus activities. The university offers 8 residences near the campus, perfect for freshmen at the first year in Milan. Professors are very prepared and always ready to help students

Student

Verified

24/03/2018

An outstanding university

The great efficiency and organization, the high quality of teaching, and the possibility to take part in many interesting and useful experiences make Bocconi University stand out. It distinguishes itself from the Italian academic background. Many people say Bocconi is too stressful, but to me, it’s worth it.

Student

Verified

20/03/2018

Excellent

Bocconi is outstanding university. Among the best in Italy. The international franework helps students to get involved in projects/associations that enrich the campus. I study law and i’ m happy about my 4 years and experiences that i had the opportunity to

Edoardo

Verified

25/01/2022

Blended

Everything was great ( apart from the covid part)

I really enjoyed this experience because I built a really strong relationship with other students and professors. This fact has permitted me to grow as a person and also to improve my academic background by confronting myself with other people. I would encourage Bocconi to create a new method of exams for online courses (I have experienced it during the covid-19 period) because they could not manage to control and to avoid shameless situations such as software breakdowns just before the exams.

Student

Verified

8/11/2021

On Campus

Amazing course

The workload is really heavy, but that’s the only way to prepare students for the job market. Bocconi offers also many services to help students kick off their careers. Overall, Bocconi University Masters Degree is the best option for ambitious students and the best choice among Italian and maybe European universities.

Student

Verified

24/07/2020

A great experience

A fundamental experience to understand what I want to do in life. In the three years I attended Bocconi University, I laid the foundations for my business education. I will always be grateful to it. I absolutely recommend it.

Alessandra

Verified

26/06/2020

Bocconi: Italian Quality

The great thing about this University is that it is one of the few Italian universities offering such international programs. My course is unique and doesn't exist anywhere else, so if you like arts and economics, Bocconi is the best place. The course provides both subjects concerning arts/philosophy, and ones more related to economics. Personally, I have decided to follow a different path because I am not so interested in working in this specific field, but this course is totally worth it if you want to work in a creative industry. Indeed, it gives people with a passion for luxury, arts and so on with a complete knowledge concerning management. The best part has been the great support offered by the University in every aspect, going from on-campus facilities to monthly job fairs to better understand the kind of career we want to pursue. This is often taken for granted in Italian universities.

Student

Verified

25/05/2020

Professional and amazing

Very well organized university. I have studied Financial management and I graduated with 108/110. The teachers are really good and professional. The university has all the facilities and the services are professional. I really enjoyed studying in a professional and international environment. Bocconi has played an important role in finding my actual job!

Student

Verified

28/10/2019

Great university which gives wonderful placement opportunities.

I really like Bocconi. What I appreciated the most was the high level of teaching and the opportunities given in terms of placement and networking connections. I strongly recommend this university if you want to pursue a great working career.

Student

Verified

27/10/2019

Beautiful environment

Beautiful community of students with lots of opportunities for in-campus activities. The university offers 8 residences near the campus, perfect for freshmen at the first year in Milan. Professors are very prepared and always ready to help students

Student

Verified

24/03/2018

An outstanding university

The great efficiency and organization, the high quality of teaching, and the possibility to take part in many interesting and useful experiences make Bocconi University stand out. It distinguishes itself from the Italian academic background. Many people say Bocconi is too stressful, but to me, it’s worth it.

Student

Verified

20/03/2018

Excellent

Bocconi is outstanding university. Among the best in Italy. The international franework helps students to get involved in projects/associations that enrich the campus. I study law and i’ m happy about my 4 years and experiences that i had the opportunity to