Enrollment in business and education masters programs increases
Among the many individuals who are currently pursuing a masters degree, the most popular areas of study are business and education, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics.
During the 2007 to 2008 school year, the center reported that approximately 28 percent of masters students were enrolled in a program for education, while about 25 percent of these students were earning a masters in business.
A graduate degree in education can be helpful in starting a new career. While individuals who hold bachelor's degrees in the field are usually qualified for positions in elementary, middle and high schools, at least a masters degree is typically necessary to teach at a college or university, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Similarly, a masters degree in business can open doors to positions that frequently require applicants to hold advanced degrees, such as marketing, financial and sales managers, according to the source.
As the number of people who are enrolled in higher education programs in business and education increases, the number of masters students in all areas of study is also growing, according to the center. During the 1970 to 1971 academic year, approximately 230,509 students were enrolled in a masters program. By the 2007 to 2008 school year, that number had increased to 625,023.
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