Bachelors vs Masters vs PhD

Bachelors vs Masters vs PhD – Explained in Pictures

Ever wondered what is the difference between Bachelors vs Masters vs PhD?

This the the Best damn good explanation of What is PhD and while explaining that, you will know the difference in Bachelors vs Masters vs PhD. I have I have come across.

Bachelors vs Masters vs PhD

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:
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By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:
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By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:
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With a bachelor’s degree, you gain a specialty:

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A master’s degree deepens that specialty:

Bachelors vs Masters vs PhD

Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:

Bachelors vs Masters vs PhD

Once you’re at the boundary, you focus:

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You push at the boundary for a few years:

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Until one day, the boundary gives way:

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And, that dent you’ve made is called a Ph.D.:
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Of course, the world looks different to you now:

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So, don’t forget the bigger picture:

WhatisPhD12This was originally published at The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D by Matt Might.

Now you know “What is PhD” and understood the major difference between Bachelors vs Masters vs PhD.

Are you ready to push the boundaries of human knowledge?

You might be undecided about studying PhD. Maybe this article inspired you to push the knowledge boundary.

If not read the following 2 articles.

Next, you have to understand timeline and steps to get a PhD degree.

Remember – You need passion and time commitment to do PhD. Don’t apply for PhD because you can earn more money.

34 Comments

  1. charan on November 6, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    I m pursuing 2 yr MBBS and i want to know whether to focus on csir ugc net for doing PhD or ms or MD which one has a good payscale

  2. khan on November 18, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    hiii every one i completed my btech in 2011 with 59.09% for these completing i spend 6 years 5months to complete it … … After that i started Mtech with in 2 years i have completed and i have a 3. 4 years of experience as a developer ….. now i want to do job in USA what was salary i can get for this profile …….. OR i need to study MS

  3. Lee Coltman on October 23, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Very good example, made me think better of where I need to be.

  4. Ash on August 26, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    This is brilliant!
    To its creators and the admins of this website…thank you! 🙂

  5. evanhutomo on July 12, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    remember, even PhD, its look like an acne from a knowledge face

  6. John on February 14, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Sorry. I would have to disagree. I only have my masters. But I have encountered so many doctorate individuals who know far less than me. Sorry to disappoint you and contradict your article.

  7. Zulfiqar Baloch on December 23, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    does buisness schools accept GRE scores?what if i give GRE and then apply in the universities?any possibility?

  8. Dino on December 21, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I always thought it was “BS” for “Bull Shit”, “MS” for “More Shit” and “PhD” for “Piled Higher and Deeper”.
    Ah well…learn something new every day….

  9. krishna on August 27, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    hi….
    i am presently doing m.tech in gitam university.
    b.tech-74.21
    m.tech-9(cgpa) up to first year
    i am taking gre on october… i dont have publications
    is there any chance to get the phd admission or can i apply for ms program only…
    help me

    • k srikanth reddy on September 2, 2013 at 6:26 AM

      im get ready to do for phd in abroad. so what is essential factors
      my btech 58%
      and mtech 72%

    • K on December 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Accurate admission requirements are to be found on university websites, not on public forums such as these. If you can’t find it, contact the admissions department of the university you want to apply to. Masters degrees are not always a requirement for PhD programmes, but sometimes they are.

      Essential factors for PhD admissions: Again, check the websites. Research skills, vision and motivation are really important. You’ll need a research proposal.

    • Revathi Reddy on September 25, 2015 at 8:02 AM

      Hi Krishna!

      It’s good to hear that you are interested to pursue Ph.D program. In vast majority of cases, prior academic publications are not required for Ph.D admissions in case if you are applying for Ph.D programs after completing of masters or bachelors degree program. Although after joining in Ph.D program, a student produces ‘n’ number of academic publications. So producing a publication prior to Ph.D admission is not so mandatory.

  10. rupali on August 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I am working as asst professor in engineering college of india.

  11. rupali on August 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    hello, I am working as asst. professor chemical engineering, want to do PhD in chemical engineering field , how would i get admission in UK/USA universities and what is the chances to get admission there and how much investment I need ?
    Please give full information regarding it.

    thanks.

    • K on December 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Full information is generally available on the websites of the specific universities. Admissions requirements, application processes and programme cost (I assume this is what you mean by “investment”) are all found on the websites of the respective universities. Chances of admission vary from university to university and not all universities put those statistics on their website, but if you put in some effort to go looking for it yourself, I think you should be able to find it.

  12. Kumar on July 19, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Hi There,

    I have 16+ Years and completed my DECE in 97, Btech (CMJU) in 2012 and Masters (Middlesex,UK) in 2013. I am looking for Phd opportunities in US for telecom field.

    Can you provide me some details of the good consultants in India who is good in helping such cases. Also what are all the other preparation I should take care.

  13. bemnet on June 17, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Hello,is medical degree a bsc or masters?thanks

    • K on December 21, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      Neither. BSc is bachelor of science. Medical degrees are bachelor of medicine and surgery (MBBS, MBChB, BMBS, MBBCh etc depending on how you abbreviate Medicinae Baccalaureus, Baccalaureus Chirurgiae). You generally carry the title of “doctor” afterwards, though, even without a PhD.

  14. nagadevan on March 20, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    this one some what explainable…but good.

  15. venkatesh on March 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Thank you.. Raghu ram.
    This info has helped me allot to know about ph.d in Abroad..

  16. Rishma Sharma on February 23, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    I like to read more about it.

  17. Abhishek on February 11, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    This is a most innovative way to describe “what is PhD ?” and I am indeed lucky to be associated with Dr. Matt Might.

  18. Geeta on January 28, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I am working as Asst Prof. In India with Highest qualification of Masters in Engineering. Masters in engineering is the course which does not belive only on semester patern but gives lot of exposour to research work. Now I am very interested doing research in the domain of Image Processing . What are the different job aportunities ( Excluding Education Industries) after PhD form USA in Computer Engineering ( specifically in Image Processing Domain) u can suggest???

    • HSB Counselor on January 29, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      You will find most of the opportunities in research laboratories. After completing a doctoral program, it is very obvious that you would be involved in full time research. In fact many students go ahead for a post doctoral program as well and take up teaching jobs at the respective Universities.

  19. Geeta on January 28, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I am working as Asst Prof. In India with Highest qualification of Masters in Engineering. Masters in engineering is the course which does not belive only on semester patern but gives lot of exposour to research work. Now I am very interested doing research in the domain of Image Processing . What are the different job aportunities ( Excluding Education Industries) after PhD in Computer Engineering ( specifically in Image Processing Domain) u can suggest???

  20. sagar roy on January 15, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    very interesting and so true! !!

  21. Harshit sukhwal on January 4, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    A nice explanation…
    Cleared all doubts…

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      This is one of the best way to visually understand the difference between BS, MS and PhD.

  22. rajch91 on December 31, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    well, tat was Awesome !!

  23. Muhammad Adnan Zafar on December 31, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Amazing post! I don’t know like such a supportive and motivational article in my life.

  24. Pranav Angara on December 30, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Amazing post! Even though I don’t think I will pursue a Ph.D. , I really want to come close to making that dent in my life.

  25. anubandh on December 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    WOW, this is an amazing and innovative way HSB. The post deserves more comments and appreciation. Keep it up 🙂

  26. naitik mehta on December 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Very nice I hope to read more like this.

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