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ERIC Number: ED547628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Physics & Astronomy Master's One Year after Degree: Results from the Follow-up Survey of Master's Recipients, Classes of 2009, 2010, & 2011 Combined. Focus On
Mulvey, Patrick; Garrett, Arnell
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics
Each fall, the Statistical Research Center conducts the Survey of Enrollments and Degrees, which asks physics and astronomy departments to provide information on the number of students enrolled and the number of recent degree recipients conferred the previous academic year. This survey also asks for the names and contact information of their recent degree recipients. This degree recipient information is used to conduct a master's follow-up survey in the winter following the academic year in which they received their degrees. In this report an exiting master's is defined as an individual who received his or her degree from a US physics department and left that department with a master's. Exiting master's can be earned at departments where the master's is the highest degree offered as well as at departments that offer a PhD. Physics departments in the US averaged 790 exiting physics master's degrees a year in the classes of 2009, 2010, and 2011. In the winter following the academic year in which they received their degree, these new exiting physics master's were asked about their current status. This "focus on" summarizes the findings from those follow-up surveys. Included at the end of this "focus on" is a brief summary of the outcomes of exiting astronomy master's.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institute of Physics, Statistical Research Center