Education

Difference Between Honors and Masters

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Primary Difference

Masters is a complete degree which consists of four years of education to attain that degree. It is high level and advanced degree. While, on the contrary, honors does not give you a whole new degree. Honors just specifies whether a student has worked harder during his undergraduate degree or not. Honors is not easy to get in and not every student is capable of getting in it easily. On the other hand, nowadays master’s degree is being offered to even those students who already have one degree before getting their masters degree. Both of these degrees of education provides knowledge, superiority and intelligence compared to those who quit their studies after college. Bothe of these educational degrees are higher level of education which provides the students doing it with literacy and wisdom. Masters is the actual degree which the student obtains while honors is a complete grading system. Whether you are doing your bachelors or masters degree, you are attaining education but if you pass that degree with distinction or in a very high category as compared to other students in the class then it means you have cleared the degree with honors. It means to pass or clear a degree with the highest grades. Masters is a university degree that is pursued after the bachelors programs while honors is a degree that is passed with distinction. A master’s degree can be under taken by any student who wants to do it and he get himself enrolled in the institution while you have to earn the honors degree by working hard and obtaining a distinction or the highest grade.

Comparison Chart

Honors’Masters’
DefinitionHonors is basically a grading or ranking system used in university level degrees.Masters is a complete degree itself that the student pursues himself.
ExplanationWhen a student has cleared his degree of bachelors or even masters, with honors, it means that he or she has passed with flying colors and distinctionsThe students Obtain a master’s degree to earn higher education and wisdom and a high level of intelligence so they can get better jobs and opportunities.
RequirementGiven to those students who are hardworking and passed the degree with distinction.Can be done by any student who wants to do it from a university.
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Definition of Honors’

Honors is basically a grading or ranking system used in university level degrees, consisting of both bachelors and masters degree, in mostly the developed countries of the world. The criterion of honors is different in different countries. When a student has cleared his degree of bachelors or even masters, with honors, it means that he or she has passed with flying colors and distinctions and a very high level of degrades comparing other students. It also means that the particular student who passes with honors is ranked among the highest scoring students of the class and this distinction or high grade which he has achieved is then even added to his degree. A student who has passed his degree with honors should add HON after his degree name so he is recognized as a distinction holder. A hard working student is usually given out this degree. First class honors is the highest level of honors degree.

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Definition of Masters’

Masters is a complete degree itself that the student pursues himself considering his own interests and needs from a university for which the students themselves get enrolled or registered. The students Obtain a masters degree to earn higher education and wisdom and a high level of intelligence so they can get better jobs and opportunities in the future and does not want to end at just the undergraduate degrees. A student can do masters in any subject like, English, Humanities, Physics, Science, Math and many more subjects. Students also opt for masters in business administration which is MBA. A student can also attain two masters’ degrees, one degree after the. Usually a master’s degree is followed after the bachelor’s degree program.

Differences in a Nutshell

  1. Masters is separate whole degree, on the contrary, honors is not a separate degree but is a grading or ranking system with which the student has completed his degree, diploma or course.
  2. Masters is pursued by the student himself by going the university to get himself enrolled while honors is just a grading system that is applicable on any degree or course including masters degree.
  3. Masters can be done by any student who wants to do it from a university while honors is given to those students who are hardworking and passed the degree with distinction.
  4. When someone gets an honors degree, he is supposed to add HON, after his degree name while on the other hand, no such thing happens in masters degree.
  5. The highest level of honors degree is the first class degree while there is no such thing in master’s degree.
  6. Masters is to just clear or pass the degree and earn it while honors is to clear the degree with distinction or the highest grade.
  7. Masters is advanced level of studies while honors is the grade or distinction in which the degree is completed.
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Conclusion

It is very important to know the differences between the terms when it comes to your degrees, therefore Masters and Honors have been explained here in detail so that people can get a good idea about them and what are the things which make them different from each other so that you don’t get embarrassed when someone asks about them.

Aimie Carlson

Aimie Carlson is an English language enthusiast who loves writing and has a master degree in English literature. Follow her on Twitter at @AimieCarlson

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