THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Policy and Global Affairs
Board on Higher Education and Workforce
Committee on Enhancing the Master’s Degree in the Natural Sciences
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 – 2:00 p.m.
2321 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Master's Education for a Competitive World
This new report describes the goals and characteristics of students who pursue and obtain master's degrees in the natural sciences, assesses the needs of employers for staff trained in the natural sciences at the master's degree level, and examines how these staff contribute in the workplace. It provides findings, conclusions, and recommendations about appropriate goals and effective practices for enhancing master's education in the natural sciences to meet employer needs and identifies general principles that can be developed to guide efforts to re-shape or enhance master's education in the sciences. Finally, the report discusses what can be learned from efforts already underway to re-shape master's education in the sciences and what these programs can learn from the way graduate-level professional programs in fields such as business, public policy, and public health developed to meet employer needs.