Online Graduate Programs
2U partners with some of the world’s leading colleges and universities to offer online graduate degree programs to students everywhere. Each accredited online degree program features live face-to-face classes, real-world learning experiences and a rigorous curriculum designed and delivered by university faculty. Most programs can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.
A business degree, such as an MBA , prepares professionals across a range of disciplines to take on leadership roles within their organizations. Business degree programs include career-focused specializations such as finance, management and marketing, which position students for long-term success.
According to GMAC :
- More than half (59 percent) of job-seeking graduate business students in the class of 2015 report receiving an early job offer prior to graduation.
- Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of graduates in full-time, two-year MBA programs received an early job offer.
- Two-thirds of job seekers from part-time/flexible MBA programs (68 percent) received pre-graduation employment offers.
Data and Analytics
With the demand for data scientists and data analysts growing rapidly, degree programs within the fields are preparing students with tools and training to work with large data sets to solve problems in a variety of industries.
According to McKinsey Global Institute :
- "A shortage of the analytical and managerial talent necessary to make the most of Big Data is a significant and pressing challenge (for the U.S.)."
- By 2018, there will be an estimated 4 million jobs in the U.S. requiring data analysis skills.
The need for social workers is growing. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 6.9 million new jobs will be available in social services by 2018. To work in the social services field and make a true difference, professionals seek a Master of Social Work (MSW), which prepares graduates to work in clinical and community settings. With focuses on areas like clinical, military, mental health and social policy, MSW programs attract those looking to effect change in the world.
Earning an advanced degree helps healthcare professionals gain the knowledge and credentials that will enable them to advance their careers and clinical practice. With the American healthcare system evolving and new threats to public health emerging, well-trained administrators, nurses and other healthcare specialists are in demand.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics :
- Healthcare occupations are expected to have the fastest employment growth and to add more jobs than other sectors between 2014-2024.
- The healthcare and social assistance major sector is expected to become the largest employing major sector from 2014-2024.
- Healthcare and social assistance is projected to increase its employment share from 12 percent in 2014 to 13.6 percent in 2024.
Advanced degrees in education help graduates begin their teaching careers or take on leadership roles in their school or district. Programs may include master's degrees in education or teaching as well as doctorate-level programs .
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Education administrators have 44 percent higher wages for master’s degree holders than for bachelor’s degree holders.
- Most postsecondary educators hold an advanced degree. Only 13 percent hold a bachelor’s degree, while 30 percent hold a master’s and most of the remaining 57 percent hold a PhD.
Graduate degree programs in government are for students who are dedicated to becoming leaders in their communities and organizations. These graduates implement policy, manage programs and drive institutional and community change within local, state and federal government as well as the nonprofit sector.
- In March 2013, federal, state, and local governments employed 21.8 million people:
- State governments employed 5.3 million people
- Local governments employed 13.8 million people
- Federal government employed 2.7 million people
- Programs in government offer students a range of degree options, such as:
Law schools offer various master's degrees to legal professionals beyond the JD, including the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) and the Master of Laws (LL.M.) . MLS programs are designed for non-lawyers who wish to improve their understanding of U.S. law. LL.M. programs are for lawyers trained outside of the United States.
- With an LLM degree, a foreign trained lawyer can take the bar exam in states including New York and California, as well as in D.C.
- The amount of law students enrolled in non JD law programs has increased from 5.1 percent in 2003 to 8 percent in 2013
Degree programs in counseling, social work and behavior analysis prepare students to help others make positive changes that affect mental health and behavior. Working closely with patients and clients, professionals in these fields diagnose, assess and treat mental and behavioral disorders in a range of settings across the lifespan.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for mental health counselors will grow by 19 percent between 2014 and 2024.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for social workers will grow by 12 percent between 2014 and 2024.
- According to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, the demand for Board Certified Behavior Analysts® doubled between 2012 to 2014.
Master’s degrees in communications prepare professionals across a range of media disciplines to take on leadership roles within their organization. Graduates of an M.S. in Communications program may pursue positions at ad agencies, PR firms, publishing companies, TV networks, radio stations, corporate communications departments, government agencies and much more.