Graduate degree programs may help nontraditional students improve their marketability

Adult learners can improve their marketability by completing graduate degree programs.
Adult learners can improve their marketability by completing graduate degree programs.

Bachelor's degree holders can seek access to better jobs and higher pay by earning advanced degrees. Nontraditional students also may hope to update their credentials as they seek to re-enter the job market.

In fact, an increasing number of students are enrolling in master's degree programs nationwide, State News reports. Applications to graduate schools increased by approximately 8 percent between the falls of 2008 and 2009, according to Council of Graduate Schools data.

The article noted that interest in one Missouri-based graduate school has been on the rise, as its application rate has increased from 5 to 7 percent over the past few years. Speaking to the news source, graduate school dean Karen Komplarens noted that "as knowledge expands and people are expected to know more, a bachelor’s degree is becoming not enough."

The university's graduate students are also staying in school longer to improve their skills and qualifications, State News reported. Moreover, online education courses training nurses, teachers and social work students have proved extremely popular, Klomparens added.

In the fall of 2009, nearly 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one web-based course, according to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning.

Enrolling in a graduate program may help students become more qualified for employment as competition in the job market becomes steeper.

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