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    Understanding Roles of Master's Education in Entry Into, and Upskilling and Reskilling for, the STEM Workforce

    Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF# 2100343), Understanding Roles of Masters Education in Entry Into, and Upskilling and Reskilling for, the STEM Workforce will contribute to the development of a data infrastructure for future research on master’s education while providing more nuanced insights into labor market outcomes of master’s degrees by various fields of study, gender, race/ethnicity, and career stages. In particular, the research will shed light on how master’s education may facilitate transitions to STEM careers for non-STEM undergraduate majors. The project will build fundamental knowledge about how master’s education across all fields prepares the STEM workforce for today, and also examine the extent to which skills, expertise, and competencies instilled through master’s align with rapidly evolving jobs and industries of the future.


    Over the three-year project, a census of all master’s degree recipients from ten U.S. institutions of higher education within the CGS membership will be conducted through an exit survey, which will serve as a sample complement to the NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). The ten universities will be chosen through an RFP process that will assess applications based on the number of master’s programs offered and degrees conferred and willingness to field the survey electronically to all master’s recipients for the duration of the project. The RFP will be issued in fall 2021.


    Press Release 


    New CGS Project Examines Role of Master’s Education in STEM Workforce Preparation and Development





    Hironao Okahana











    Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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