Would a employer care how long it took me to earn my bachelors? When hiring managers look at my resume the are able to tell how long it took me to earn my degree. Some people finish their degree in 3 years, some 4, some 5. Does it matter? If I took 5 years to earn my degree and took only like 12 credits a semester I would have a very high GPA. I guess the most typical is 4 years to a earn a bachelors. I would like to finish off my degree in 3 years and save several thousand dollars, that's never a bad thing. How would this be looked upon by employers? I guess employers have no idea if I took courses over winter break or summer break and this information that can be kept hidden from employers. Certainly someone who took 5 years to earn their degree did a lot less work in the same time span as someone who finished off their degree in 3 or 4, but does it even matter to employers? Also would you say pursing a masters is worth it? I plan on earning a B.S. in electrical engineering and am considering pursing a masters. I have been told that it is by no means a good economic decision for a middle class person to pursue a masters right away out of college. I've told this to my advisers and other people and they claim there are ways to earn your masters with assitenitships and such, even for someone like myself who makes up the most represented group in the academy in the U.S. (but I seriously doubt it). I feel as if I would be doing all my hard work a great disservice by not pursing a masters. I would have to pay every single penny (no help from family) to earn a masters. As of right now I'm going to finish off my B.S. without any debt, I have to work nearly full time every semester to have enough money to do so though. I'm not really concerned about the extra work load and not getting out of college tell a couple years later, I've worked hard all my life and could care less about being perhaps being socially behind those who don't pursue a higher degree and are all on their own in the real world sooner than I am. I guess suposively (although I have no experience to know for sure) you earn more money in a entry level position with a masters than with a B.S.? Is it worth it though? Thanks for any advice.