I'm currently taking Masters of Science in Nursing, majoring in Medical Surgical. The challenge in taking up masters is when a person is working full time then if you're going full-load with the subjects (I'd say good luck to your weekend social life plans!). In my case, I'm working night shift, so sometimes I have to sacrifice a Saturday date with my boyfriend for a whole-day class. hehe. =D With the masters (in Concordia), you don't listen to your teacher's lecture like a typical student, but you also talk in front of your classmates. So a person have to be prepared to REPORT and vice versa, listen to a lot of reports! (I don't know with other colleges though). With NCLEX, it tackles the general concept of Nursing. So, it's more broad, there's so much more to review like Fundamentals of Nursing, the BSN concepts (Med-surg, OB, Psyche, everything). With Masters, you focus on your major. That's why you'll have 3 advanced subjects on the area you chose (like for example, Medical-Surgical), the others are prerequisites and of course, the THESIS and comprehensive examinations. Masters degree aims to make you a "master" of your chosen major. It basically builds on the present knowledge you have on your major and it enhances retention and adds more to your knowledge base.