Alumni perceptions of career and learning outcomes in professional master's degree programs
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As demand for employees with a professional master’s degree increases, and accountability to show both learning outcomes/graduate competencies and career outcomes for alumni of these programs increases, it is becoming more important to develop measures of these outcomes. The purpose of this survey- based research study was to develop a measure of self-reported competencies and career outcomes, in order to interpret the perceived value of these programs, determine if some programs meet alumni needs better than others, and to see if there are additional measures to be considered. Results indicate high construct validity, significant differences in human capital outcomes, career development skills, and personal agency between the three large programs at the college study, but no differences in goals to maintain careers, satisfaction, or course evaluation ratings. Validity of these measures could be important for future assessment, program evaluation, and mixed methods studies at the graduate level as it pertains to non-traditional students and professional master’s degree programs.