Loric Posted January 2, 2014 Share Posted January 2, 2014 So I was looking over the data for completion rates for masters degrees. Within the "optimal" timeframe, only 41% of students have graduated with the degree they were seeking. That optimal timeframe is the 2 years of the avg program. At 4 years out - double the time - it looks a little better at 66% completion, but that still leaves 1/3 of applicants/accepted students as having shelled out a serious amount of time, money, stress, etc.. for what turned out to be a fruitless pursuit. For the record, this data refers to STEM program masters students.. apparently MBA's have a nicer 86% completion rate at 4 years. I suppose the question is, are 1/3 of the student body just making a mistake by entering grad school at all? I've posed the "Why not just get a job?" question before on these forums.. with unenthusiastic results... but the study found: The factor most likely to lead to the inability of a student to earn a master’s degree was interference from employment, cited by 40 percent of respondents. When asked about their future plans, 62 percent of students who had stopped out or dropped out of their programs said they intended to continue working in their current jobs. Just something I've been mulling over lately and thought was worth discussing. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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