Why Graduate Education?

10Contributing to the Public Good

"Graduate education works as a catalyst for many individuals who have initiative, drive, and talent to become successful and contribute to the public good ... The challenges facing the United States in the 21st century are complex and daunting. Having a large pool of people with advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities who can solve complex, tough problems is the best way to meet the challenges now and in the future." -- Graduate Education and the Public Good

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10Ensuring Our Quality of Life

Graduate education is a key factor in countering the decline of America's competitiveness in the global marketplace. It fosters the capacity to discover, create, and market new products, services, and knowledge.

"Only by providing leading-edge human capital and knowledge capital can America continue to maintain a high standard of living—including providing national security—for its citizens.... -- Norman Augustine, lead author for the National Academy of Sciences

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10Where the Jobs Are

"In the world that looms before us, a bachelor's degree alone will no longer suffice, and more jobs than ever will require both advanced degrees and advanced credentials.... According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one-sixth of the fastest growing occupations for 2006-2016 require a master's or doctoral degree." -- Graduate Education and the Public Good

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10Higher Degrees Net Higher Salaries

People with graduate degrees earn significantly higher salaries on average than those without, generally at least $10,000 more per year with each degree.

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10Engaging in Research

Undertaking graduate studies gives one the opportunity to explore a field of knowledge as a professional, doing original research and contributing to the sum of human discovery. It gives one the opportunity to do good work in the world.

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10Personal Satisfaction

Ultimately, many people choose to pursue graduate education because they love a particular subject and have a strong desire to grapple with its complexities and explore its fine nuances. Graduate studies often begin at the threshold of the unknown about any given subject. Students undertake one of the biggest adventures of their lives in learning beyond what is known and then imparting that knowledge to others. This is the point where learning becomes creative, and it can be immensely satisfying.

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