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Graduate Education

Graduate education programs in the United States are respected and emulated worldwide, and are an international magnet for talented students. At a time when American leadership and prosperity depend increasingly on the creation and use of knowledge, graduate education provides our country with an important competitive advantage. Our system of combining graduate education with cutting-edge research strengthens American research, while also producing highly educated individuals who will become the next generation’s scientists, teachers, and leaders in government, business, and industry.

AAU universities award:

  • 19% of total U.S. Master’s Degrees
  • 44% of total U.S. Research Doctorates
  • 23% of total U.S. Professional Practice & Other Doctorates


nas_logo.jpgAAU President on National Academies Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century

The study will analyze the current system of graduate education and present recommendations and strategies for strengthening its quality, better aligning it with society’s future economic and cultural needs, and ensuring that it can adapt to the economic, scientific, social, and global challenges over the next two decades.