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Hello! I recently got my first UX position. While I will eventually be able to do some research, I was hoping to eventually move to a team that is fully focused on User Research. I’ve been told that I should really get a Master’s (my company will reimburse me). I was wondering if there are any respectable online Universities that are relatively easy to get into, or if I should be looking outside my company in a year or so.

Thanks in advance!

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I am surprised you were advised to get a Masters. IMHO, a few years into a tech career your education is largely ignored. The difference between a Bachelors and a Masters in terms of opportunity and salary is negligible.

If I were you, I would start taking on Research tasks at your job. Lead the user calls, own the contact list, organize and document your process, etc. Most of that can be done with on the job experience and having read some of the many books on the topic.

If you want to get a Masters, there are a number of "online" programs for Masters. I would look for one of those. (Not a diploma mill.) That said, I would still focus more on the on the job experience over the degree.

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