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ERIC Number: ED381107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Master's Degree Students and Recipients: A Profile.
O'Brien, Eileen M.
Research Briefs, v3 n1 1992
This research brief summarizes data available on master's degree students and recipients, including data on characteristics of master's degree students; financial support for master's students; growth in number of master's degrees awarded; number of master's degrees earned by gender and by race/ethnicity; the most popular fields, by gender, race/ethnicity, and citizenship; and economic value of a master's degree. The data indicate that, in 1989-90, more than half of master's degree students were women, most were white, more than half were age 30 or older, more than two-thirds were enrolled part time, and the majority was enrolled at public institutions. Only two-fifths of master's level students received some type of financial aid. In 1990, the number of master's degrees awarded surpassed the 1960 number by more than four times. A substantial portion of the tremendous growth is traced to increases in practice-oriented or career-oriented fields. Recent gains are primarily due to increases in the number of foreign students earning master's degrees. Earning a master's degree has a definite economic payoff. The paper concludes with 8 end notes, descriptions of several data resources, and a bibliography of 16 items. (JDD)
Publications, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (single copy, $10; annual subscription, $58; 10 percent member discount).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Policy Analysis and Research.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A