When deciding whether to get a second bachelor’s degree or to go to graduate school, you should consider a few things before making a final decision. Getting a second bachelor’s degree can be beneficial in some job fields and often take about 1-2 years to complete because you already have the core classes from your first bachelor’s degree. If the fields are related to one another it takes about 3 semesters to obtain the second bachelor’s but if they are not close in relation then it could be about 4-5 semesters before you receive the second bachelor’s degree.
Universities tend to take classes that go towards the core curriculum and those that apply as extra classes to your new field of study. The great thing is that you get another opportunity to raise your undergrad GPA because these classes add onto your previous college GPA. This factor is beneficial to those individuals taking post-bac classes with the hopes of getting into medical, dental or law school.
Once you enroll and fully experience classes of that field, you can decide if the second bachelor is worth it or graduate school is a better fit. Some universities overlap graduate courses and undergrad meaning that some classes can be taken by graduate students and undergrads. This factor is beneficial also because if you decide that you want to go ahead and get the graduate degree these classes may also classify as graduate credit classes.
Then there is the issue of why you are choosing to obtain a second bachelor’s degree instead of a graduate degree. If it is because your scores are not well enough to get into graduate school then it is feasible to take this route, but if you have a good GPA and decent graduate tests scores then graduate school should definitely be your route. Most people do not realize that in some cases you can actually pick a graduate program in which you did not obtain your bachelors degree in.
When comparing the two there are small differences such as practicum and research hours involved with graduate school and the schedule might be very flexible for those that have a full time job. With the second bachelor’s, the classes may not be later in the day and would require the person to have open availability for class scheduling each semester. So I would recommend if an individual wanted to improve their grades for a better chance of getting into graduate school then getting a second bachelor’s may be well worth it. Otherwise a graduate degree is the route to take if you are ready and feel confident about your scores for graduate school.
I hope this article helped and I wish you the best on all your future endeavors.