ERIC Number: ED265799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Master's Degree in Transition.
Spencer, Donald S.
CGS Communicator, v19 n1 Jan 1986
Past and current features of the master's degree and planning implications are considered. After outlining the traditional master's degree, five recent trends are addressed: specialization, professionalization, application, decentralization, and depersonalization. The number of special master's degree programs has grown, and many programs lead to specialized entry-level positions in the professions or to supervisory careers. Almost no American profession lacks an appropriate master's degree program. There has also been increasing provision for applied experience through internships. While residency and mentorship has been deemphasized or discontinued, no new consensus about the structure of external degrees, or external coursework, has been developed. In addition to professional education, master's programs also provide traditional scholarly training for future university leaders, and avocational study for students whose goal is learning. Likely trends for the future include: the professionalization of the master's degree will continue; the delivery of master's programs to distant sites, especially by technological means, will probably accelerate; and the master's degree in traditional disciplines will require continuing re-examination and refinement. (SW)
Descriptors: College Planning, College Programs, Decentralization, Distance Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Experiential Learning, External Degree Programs, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Interprofessional Relationship, Masters Degrees, Professional Education, Specialization
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, One Dupont Circle, Suite 430, Washington, DC 20036-1173.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.