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Questions about a MS program in chemistry

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Hello all. Do you think a M.S. in chemistry is worth it? I am not someone who wants to devote his life to his job (which is what the PhD students seem intent on), I just want to be able to make a contribution to my field and have some responsibility and independence. So I think a MS might be for me.

Is a MS worth anything in this field? I have heard some people say a MS is no different than a BS and 2 years experience, I have heard others say you get some responsibilites with a MS that you can't get with a BS. The income is roughly the same for both (according to the ACS it was 58 & 68k respectively). However I have heard with some new fields like biotechnology a MS is a valid degree and offers advancements that you can't get with just a BS assuming you've done a thesis and some independent research.

Is a MS program as difficult as a PhD program? I am ok with working 50-60 hours a week, but I really don't want to work 70-80 hours a week in graduate school. Maybe some graduate schools only require 50-60 hours a week, but I'd have to shop around to find one.
 

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