What are the latest trends with international student enrollment for master’s degree?

The latest report from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) suggests that the demand for American degree among international students is strong.

latest enrollment data of international graduate students in America

Only 1 of 8 international students who applied to study for a master’s degree or certificate succeeded in enrolling in U.S. higher education. The report is based on a survey of 351 institutions, which enrolled nearly three-fourths of all international students in graduate programs in the United States.

In 2015, American institutions received more than 520,000 applications from abroad. Only 65,000 students enrolled. American universities made offers to only one out of three applicants, rejecting over 346,000 students. At the same time, 111,000 students received the offer but decided not to enroll at a U.S. institution.

Transnational education programs offer new opportunities of absorbing the demand from international markets by leveraging technology and still offering value to “glocal” students who want to earn an international credential while remaining near home. This will require a deeper understanding of the decision-making processes and their motivations and barriers to study aboard.

Here is the link to my full article “The Global Strength of the American Master’s Degree”, published in The Washington Post.

Here are related articles which quoted me the analysis of the CGS report:

For international students enrolling in graduate schools, master’s programs rule, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Growth in foreign grad students, Inside Higher Ed

US: Three-quarters of first time graduate enrolees on master’s path, The PIE News

My doctoral dissertation was on developing a competency-based, new program for a master’s degree in engineering and management. It was very insightful to see the CGS report and analyze the data broken-up by doctoral level and master’s level for the first time.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha