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The 6 differences between an official master’s degree and an own degree

We explain the main differences between a proper title and an official master’s degree

When choosing a master’s degree, this question arises almost instantaneously. While at first sight it may seem similar, there are several factors that differentiate them and are key to defining your career. We bring you the 6 main differences between both so that you can choose with all the necessary information.

  1. The accreditation and homologation of the titles

The official master’s degrees are regulated by the National Agency for the Evaluation of Quality and Accreditation (ANECA), an entity under the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (MECD), which implies that they have certification in the 47 member countries of the European Higher Education (EHEA). In the meantime, the own degrees are approved by university councils, and therefore they are subject to more flexible regulatory standards.

That the own titles do not have to be submitted to the complex criteria and processes allows them to begin to be studied quickly, and they are a quick exit to face the demands of the companies on the universities and the future professionals.

  1. Who proposes them

In the case of own degrees, the initiatives arise from the teachers themselves, who must abide by the rules of the University and create programs and ways of implementation. Official master’s degrees must always be taught by university staff, although they can count on the collaboration of professionals and experts from different branches of knowledge.

  1. Professional guidance

Official master’s degrees tend to be directed to profiles that are interested in research. In fact, the Bologna Plan considers an official master’s degree as a prerequisite for taking a doctorate.

  1. Ratings in the oppositions

When presenting to competitions or competitions to the Public Administration, the officers usually have more points since they are cataloged as postgraduate, while the own titles are considered continuous training, and get lower score.

  1. Access to scholarships

The official masters are the only ones that can obtain general scholarships from the MECD, although most of the own titles offer special scholarship programs for them.

  1. Tuition fees

Official master’s degrees are subject to credit rates set by the MECD in conjunction with the autonomous communities, while the amount of own titles is determined by each institution, which means that the latter tend to be more expensive because they are self-financing.