Many graduate programs may have negative ROI: Report

A new report has found that, while graduate degrees in STEM and professional programs tend to “pay off,” others may offer a negative return on investment. Inside Higher Ed writer Josh Moody discusses the implications of the report, which showed that 40% of all master’s degrees and 60% of MBA and business-related graduate degrees did not provide a positive return on investment once estimated earnings and counterfactual earnings were taken into account. Report author Preston Cooper said that the information could be used to help prospective students make informed decisions and avoid going into debt if the degree will not be worth it to them. Institutions could also use the information to consider winding down some programs that put students at a financial disadvantage. Inside Higher Ed (Subscription) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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