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Aurora Brief Reviews No. 01 January 8 2019

January 2019

The Urban Institute, a Washington-based think-tank on economic and social policy, has published an analysis on “The Rise of the Master’s Degrees” which outlines recent trends in master’s degree enrolment. It shows that the number of Master´s programmes has significantly grown, although the exact definition of what is a distinct Master´s programme is a bit unclear.

It also shows that the proportion of Black and Hispanic students has almost doubled. Master´s programmes are becoming more diverse – in terms of subject area as well as in focus and online Master’s programmes are on the rise: more than one in five are online and more than one in two have some distance components. The report also shows that increases in tuition have been sharper in Master’s than in undergraduate education in the US. The average net price for tuition and fees increased 79 percent for full time master’s students from 1996 to 2016 (compared with a 47 percent increase for full-time bachelor’s students).

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