MAY 20, 2009

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More Oklahomans Receiving Master’s Degrees This Year

If early projections hold true, more Oklahomans are receiving master’s degrees this year than did last spring.
An estimated 4,225 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, an 8 percent increase from the 2007-08 academic year. The most popular fields of study among students receiving master’s degrees are education and business.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimates that approximately 30,000 students will earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or professional degree during the 2008-09 academic year at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities.

Preliminary information relating to degrees awarded in 2008-09 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions. Official data will be available later.

Of those 30,000 graduates, an estimated 16,500 will receive bachelor’s degrees. The most popular fields of study among students receiving bachelor’s degrees are business and education.

Business, nursing and general studies are the programs most frequently selected by the projected 7,200 students earning associate degrees.

Projections show that 427 students will earn doctoral degrees, while 925 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“This is an exciting time for the thousands of Oklahoma college graduates who are about to embark on the next phase of their lives,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “I want to congratulate every one of them on this accomplishment and encourage them to use their educational achievements to make significant contributions."