More Women Pursuing Graduate Degrees Than Men at Some Schools

By Chris Hassan
Posted January 16, 2012 07:19 PM

Interest in graduate school high among many women.
Interest in graduate school high among many women.
Enrollment data on The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University’s (MSU) websites reveal that more women than men are pursuing graduate degrees at the institutions, WTVA reported.

At MSU, female graduate students have different reasons for pursuing advanced degrees. For some, like Mandy Cooper, it is a matter of necessity. Cooper told WTVA that as a history major, a PhD is necessary to achieve her professional goals.

Other MSU graduate students, like Jessica Blair, understand that having a master’s degree or doctorate can give them a competitive advantage in the business world.

"They have worked in the real world and they know they want to achieve something more," Blair told WTVA. "So they come back to obtain higher levels of education and maybe make more money for their family."

Greater interest in graduate school is not limited to women in Mississippi. The New York Times recently reported that large numbers of women are leaving the labor force, and many of them are returning to school to pursue advanced degrees.

Laura Baker, who left her part-time job at Starbucks to enroll in a graduate program in strategic communications at the University of Denver, told the Times that almost all the students in her program are female.

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