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Good news, ‘Runners! Current undergraduate students who meet their program’s criteria will now be automatically admitted to their department’s master’s program for the Fall 2020 semester.

This is a great opportunity to further your education, boost your foundational knowledge, and make connections in your field. A master’s degree helps differentiate you from the competition and can increase your earning potential. For example, a 2013 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that mathematicians, statisticians, and workers in other math-related occupations had a 33 percent higher wage with a master’s degree than those with a bachelor’s degree. (Find additional findings from other STEM fields in the study’s graphic below.) In addition to research opportunities with world-class faculty, our graduate programs incorporate dynamic curriculum that strengthens important life skills like critical thinking, analytic ability, and time management.

Occupation

Employment with bachelor's degree

Percent with bachelor's degree

Employment with master's degree

Percent with master's degree

Median annual wage for bachelor's degree

Median annual wage for master's degree

Wage premium amount*

Wage premium percent

Mathematicians, statisticians, and other miscellaneous mathematical science occupations

12,613

32%

15,340

38%

$60,000

$80,000

$20,000

33%

Environmental scientists and geoscientists

30,737

47%

25,079

38%

$62,000

$80,000

$18,000

29%

Network and computer systems administrators

76,462

39%

21,479

11%

$70,000

$88,000

$18,000

26%

Web developers

63,354

54%

18,520

16%

$61,000

$75,000

$14,000

23%

Biological scientists

26,993

43%

21,414

34%

$50,000

$60,000

$10,000

20%

Chemists and materials scientists

35,304

49%

15,473

22%

$60,000

$71,000

$11,000

18%

Information security analysts

23,569

45%

8,658

17%

$85,000

$100,000

$15,000

18%

* The wage premium represents the wage increase for workers with a master's degree over that for workers with a bachelor's degree in the occupation.

Selected healthcare and social service occupations in which workers with a master's degree earned a premium over workers with a bachelor's degree, 2013 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

 

Not convinced yet?
  • STEM graduate degrees provide the specialized training required for some high-paying jobs
  • You get to learn more about what you love
  • You can apply for and enter positions of greater leadership within organizations and companies
  • Even for students with no work experience, a graduate degree can lead to faster career advancement than those without graduate degrees
  • Greater career advancement
  • Higher earning potential
  • Increased networking opportunities
Learn more about our master’s programs