Getting a master’s or a PhD is no small feat for someone working full time, and the Mitre Corp. lightens the load by giving employees one paid day off a week to dedicate to graduate studies — as well as paying for their tuition and books.

Curtis Watson is a wireless communications engineer at the nonprofit research and development government contractor in Bedford and is working toward his PhD in computer engineering at Northeastern University, an undertaking the 33-year-old father of two young children would not have been able to manage otherwise.

The advanced degree will make Watson more credible, he said, especially with the firm’s military clients: “When you’re briefing generals and whatnot, it’s always nice to have ‘doctor’ in front of your name.”

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