Majority of Saint Mary's Undergraduates Pursue Advanced Degrees

What do Saint Mary’s undergraduates do after they receive their degrees? Many go on to advanced degree programs.

In fact, more than half of the students who graduated from Saint Mary’s traditional undergraduate programs between 2001 and 2006 enrolled in graduate or professional degree programs, and between 19% and 27% of these graduates obtained one or more advanced degrees (masters degree or higher), according to the SMC Office of Institutional Research.

The data from the National Student Clearinghouse also shows that of the 3,402 students who graduated between 2001 and 2006, a total of 750 (22%) obtained an advanced degree of a masters or higher by December 2011. About 30% of School of Science graduates obtained advanced degrees, compared with 24% of School of Liberal Arts graduates and 13% of School of Economics and Business Administration graduates.

Director of Institutional Reseach Sam Agronow said that while data is available for later years, it is less relevant because graduates sometimes wait several years before deciding whether or not to pursue an advanced degree.

Learn more about the findings on Saint Mary’s graduates who pursue advanced degrees, including which types of degrees and disciplines are most popular with SMC grads and which colleges and universities they most frequently choose.