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GRAPH: Evolution of Graduate Programs In Past Decade

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There are more than 40,000 SUNY graduate students. As of fall 2013, 25 SUNY campuses offer a combined 2,500 graduate‐level programs, and this continues to grow. But how else is graduate education evolving?

STEM related fields have seen increased enrollment, as has healthcare, but there have also been subtle changes to graduate enrollment over the last decade.

As research from across the SUNY system shows, social sciences, math, computer science, business, and engineering have all seen growth in graduate study. However, education, arts and humanities enroll a smaller proportion of graduate students than they did in 2002-3.

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The above graph shows the changes experienced by each field between 2002 and 2013. Health related professions are among those projected to grow fastest in the future, which may explain the increases in health related areas. STEM fields such as math and engineering also offer great job prospects.

Many SUNY programs are even available online, through Open SUNY:

What do you think, will STEM and other growing fields continue to become more popular? Will fields like education bounce back? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Jack Fischer

Written by Jack Fischer

Jack was a student assistant in the Office of Communications of the State University of New York in summer 2014 as an undergraduate student at Binghamton University majoring in computer science.




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  • Rhonda says:

    I feel, since education is becoming so expensive and more people are self-teaching themselves, especially with the increase in technology, it will diminish. Also, as remarked by the president, some administrations are working on decreasing the time students spend in their schooling, eliminating more jobs.

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